Summary Box: Xbox workers threaten suicide in tiff

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Posted: Jan 12, 2012 11:19 AM
Summary Box: Xbox workers threaten suicide in tiff

DESPERATE MEASURES: Dozens of Chinese workers assembling Xbox video game consoles climbed to a factory dormitory roof, and some threatened to jump to their deaths, in a dispute over jobs.

BROKEN PROMISES: Foxconn announced it would close the production line for the consoles and transfer some jobs elsewhere, and workers were angered when the contract manufacturer allegedly reneged on an offer to offer severance pay.

SAD HISTORY: The fracas is the latest labor trouble to hit Foxconn, whose massive China plants are run with military-like discipline, which labor rights activists say contributed to spate of suicides in 2010.