Employees of Foxconn, the biggest contract manufacturer in the world and an Apple manufacturing partner, threatened to kill themselves early in the year claiming they have not been paid fairly by the company.
According to Chinese anti-government site China Jasmine Revolution (via Want China Times), about 300 Foxconn employees threatened to commit suicide on January 2.
The reason behind the drastic and desperate move of the Foxconn employees was because they wanted to be paid what they claim is compensation promised by the Taiwanese company which has not yet been given to them.
According to the Times report, the multitude of Foxconn employees threatened to jump off the top of a building located in the Foxconn technology Park in Wuhan in Hubei province in China.
The report says that the Foxconn employees were asking for a raise and were instead told to either quit to be given compensation or stay employed without a raise.
The news comes as a number of Foxconn employees have committed suicide in the past. The company has also had former employees complain of unfairly-long work hours and poor working conditions.
Foxconn assembles the iPhone and iPad for Apple. Foxconn also manufactures consumer electronics devices for other tech companies like Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.