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Hundreds Threaten Suicide At Microsoft Supplier Plant In China
CBS Seattle ^ | 1/10/12 | Staff

Posted on 01/10/2012 2:04:21 PM PST by Nachum

SEATTLE, Wash.– Some 300 Chinese Foxconn employees who manufacture X-box 360 machines said they would throw themselves from their Wuhan, China, plant if demands for lost wages were not met. China Jasmine Revolution, an activist revolutionary organization with a name borrowed from the Tunisian revolt that set off the Middle East unrest, reported that employees made their demands for a wage increase for 100 employees on Jan. 2. Management at Foxconn — the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer and a crucial link in the supply chains of Apple, Dell, Nintendo and Song — responded with an ultimatum.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattle.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: economy; globalism; hundreds; markets; microsoft; suicide; threaten; trade
Maccabee Suicide squads?
1 posted on 01/10/2012 2:04:26 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum
I can see being despondent if I had to work for MS.

/johnny

2 posted on 01/10/2012 2:09:23 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I work for MSFT, love it!


3 posted on 01/10/2012 2:11:18 PM PST by Chandalier (Perfect is the enemy of good.)
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To: Nachum

After I installed Windows Vista I wanted to commit suicide.


4 posted on 01/10/2012 2:11:32 PM PST by eCSMaster (Democrats:always looking for someone else to blame)
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To: JRandomFreeper

They are only threatening to do it.

A few at the Apple manufacturing plants have actually done it, though they did it with style.


5 posted on 01/10/2012 2:13:24 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Nachum

One hundred Chinese workers? Isn’t there anyone to take their place? I thought Chinese had a few extra people somewhere to fill in this gap. What they need is Jimmy Hoffa /sarc. After they unionize, it will be cheaper to manufacture here again.


6 posted on 01/10/2012 2:13:24 PM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: Chandalier

Me too (even though I’m just a vendor).


7 posted on 01/10/2012 2:14:22 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: momincombatboots

Yea, I suggest we send over as many Chicago union members as necessary to get China organized.


8 posted on 01/10/2012 2:18:23 PM PST by catbertz (Easter egg...I wants it.)
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To: Nachum

Maybe our unions can emulate them.


9 posted on 01/10/2012 2:18:40 PM PST by crosshairs (Liberalism is to truth, what east is to west.)
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To: Nachum

CBS.

Foxconn isn’t a MSFT outfit. It’s a contract manufacturer.

These guys may work on the Xbox line, but Foxconn pays the employees, not MSFT.

Hey, we got sell ads here, so let’s whack MSFT here and imply that MSFT is driving its Chinese employees to suicide and is treating them unfairly.

The Press wonders why we are leaving in droves.

Assholes.


10 posted on 01/10/2012 2:19:12 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Chandalier

with your tagline, I’d expect you to be delighted with MS...


11 posted on 01/10/2012 2:23:58 PM PST by null and void (Day 1084 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Nachum
Wired magazine was granted access to the factories, which installed nets that would catch anyone attempting to jump. That is when you know your job is depressing. Nets around the building.
12 posted on 01/10/2012 2:33:13 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne

I don’t know - nets around the building sounds like the management cares. Now a moat filled with croks.....


13 posted on 01/10/2012 2:40:01 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: ColdOne

The wingnuts I worked for at a University IT department had me hoping that I would be hit by a car or have a heart attack nearly every day. The wackos in the electronics recycling corporation drove me to the hospital twice due to stress.


14 posted on 01/10/2012 2:41:49 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Nachum
Workers strike and make demands at enterprises where foreigners are responsible for the additional costs (but still 49 - 51 minority owners, I believe) usually do pretty well.. but when it's a state owned enterprise?

8,000 protest conditions at foreign-owned enterprise
Right To Strike Key To China's Concern For Workers' Welfare

. . .

8,000 protest conditions at state-owned enterprise (SOE)
People's Armed Police Puts Count At 8,000 Dead

. . . .

15 posted on 01/10/2012 2:45:10 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Nachum

With over a billion people I would think the Chinese government would pay them to commit suicide since they are in to killing people.


16 posted on 01/10/2012 2:56:24 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: ColdOne

>>> Nets around the building. <<<<

Silicon Valley is missing a bet it seems. Little wonder Obama was advocating that the US needs to embrace Chinese infrastructure ideas.


17 posted on 01/10/2012 3:04:15 PM PST by all_mighty_dollar
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To: Nachum
350 million unemployed Chinese say "去了!!!!"
18 posted on 01/10/2012 3:04:54 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Nachum

"Suicide Squad...ATTACK!"

19 posted on 01/10/2012 3:05:24 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Nachum

When I was working (retired 10 years ago) we would occasionally have employees threaten to quit if this or that didn’t happen.

I would simply focus on those employees and within 3 to 6 months they were generally fired for cause.

I envy the Chinese in this regard. Had those idiots jumped, they would have saved me a ton of paperwork and time that I could have spent on something else. ;>)


20 posted on 01/10/2012 3:09:07 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
With over a billion people I would think the Chinese government would pay them to commit suicide since they are in to killing people.

Suicide solves nothing when the company doesn't care. Now, assassination of managers who are Party members, on the other hand, might get their attention.

21 posted on 01/10/2012 3:11:37 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: null and void; Chandalier

Better is the enemy of good. “The relentless pursuit of perfection” is a way of ensuring nothing ever gets done. Sir Watson-Watt, the director of the British Chain Home radar network preached the cult of third best. The Best system never gets built, the second best takes too long and costs too much. Hence, the cult. The Chain Home radar chain might have been third best, but it was finished on time and got the job done.


22 posted on 01/10/2012 3:12:38 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: ColdOne

I’d be concerned if the nets were Chinese-made. They don’t have the same safety standards as American-made suicide jumper catching nets.


23 posted on 01/10/2012 3:17:16 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: Nachum

Get the pushbrooms ready...


24 posted on 01/10/2012 3:23:36 PM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: Nachum; 21twelve; all_mighty_dollar
"nets around the building" = Chinese idea of fringe benefits
25 posted on 01/10/2012 3:48:36 PM PST by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I am quite familiar with the concept. MS seems to carry it to the logical conclusion.


26 posted on 01/10/2012 4:06:47 PM PST by null and void (Day 1084 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Nachum

Seems like a plan.


27 posted on 01/10/2012 4:08:32 PM PST by Brilliant
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28 posted on 01/10/2012 5:28:39 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
A master electrician once asked me what some may regard as a nonsense question: "what should you do to get a job done?"

I replied; "just enough to get the job done correctly. If too little is done the need is not met. If too much is done effort and money are wasted".

Perfect is not the enemy of good; it is the the enemy of adequate.

29 posted on 01/10/2012 5:35:27 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: 70times7

It’s really hard to say. In business, you want to delight your customer, make him feel he is getting his money’s worth, that a job is done right. Especially true of electricians. OTOH, you cannot give away the store, do a lot more than is required.

When I wired my own house, I used bigger boxes than was necessary, partly because they were easier to wire, partly because they are easier to rework, if you want to add a circuit or change out an appliance or switch. Contractor wiring is generally (though not always) done “right”, but electrical contractors especially, always seem to do things as cheaply as possible and still comply with code. But you don’t pick them, the general contractor does.


30 posted on 01/10/2012 8:39:25 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Nachum

Don't nobody move or the Chinamen get it


31 posted on 01/10/2012 8:43:42 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
In my case we were in a factory. You are describing a somewhat different situation, akin to sports; when one is in competition the goal is to "win". One point is "enough" at the end of a game, but few would call that a comfortable lead. Business is similar. Going the extra mile increases customer satisfaction, word of mouth advertising, etc.

When one wires their house, using larger boxes and heavier wire is a safety and code issue. The number of leads and romex gage determine the minimum square inches the box must be. If one wants to spend a few extra $ to do that it is a personal choice. I do it. But when working for industry the original "rule" still applies: enough to get the job done correctly.

32 posted on 01/10/2012 11:49:15 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: 70times7

Years ago back in New Jersey I saw a truck with the company’s name on the side: “Adequate Fire Protection”.

I sure got a kick out of that. And still do. I know there is A1 Fire Protection, AAA Fire Protection, etc.

“So - are you guy’s any good?”
“Yeah - we’re adequate”

But - perhaps they were taking your statement to heart!


33 posted on 01/11/2012 7:22:26 AM PST by 21twelve
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