Employees at the Foxconn factory in Wuhan, China, threatened mass suicide during a protest last week and were finally talked down from plant's roof by the Mayor of Wuhan. The 300 workers involved in what has been described as a pay dispute manufacture XBox consoles for Foxconn, which makes a whole lot of the world's tech gear and whose partner companies include Microsoft, Apple and Sony.
Microsoft said today it is investigating the incident.
"Microsoft takes working conditions in the factories that manufacture its products very seriously, and we are currently investigating the issue," a company spokesperson said.
Foxconn says the dispute began after workers were told they would be transferred to another business unit due to a shift in production lines. The electronics giant claims that 45 employees chose to voluntarily resign while the rest opted to keep their jobs.
But a Taiwanese newspaper Want China Times is reporting that it was the tumult over pay that led 300 workers to threat they they would jump off the top of the factory's roof.
The Foxconn factory is located in the capital of Hubei province and makes XBox parts for Microsoft. The protest caused production of the XBox 360 to be suspended for several hours.