It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
An American businessman in China has said that workers at his own factory are holding him hostage in a dispute over money.
Medical supply magnate Chip Starnes said his employees have refused to let him leave since Friday because of a spat over severance pay. He said that large groups of staff follow him around the site in a remote Beijing suburb, blocking all the exits if he tries to escape.
“I have been here a long time,” the 42-year-old said in an interview from inside the factory. “I am not being physically abused or anything like that. The first couple of days were very tough. There was more mental stuff going on." "I need to go back to my hotel. I need to take a shower. I need to change my clothes. I need to do some necessary things to come back professionally and work this out," he added.
Starnes said that the local Chinese authorities had done little to help him and the workers had the backing of local unions.
According to a new press release by China Labor Watch, another Foxconn employee from their Zhengzhou factory where Apple's iPhone is assembled jumped off a building to his death last Tuesday. The news that was officially made public hours ago stated that this was the third employee from the same factory to have fatally jumped off of buildings in the span of the last 20 days. The reasons for these suicides are yet unclear. Some estimate them to be related to the new "silence mode" policy at Zhengzhou in which workers are purportedly threatened with termination if they talk on the job.
“What do you mean holding him hostage? … Our representatives said already that they are all female employees so how can they hold a well-built man hostage? You must be joking,” he said.
"I need to go back to my hotel. I need to take a shower. I need to change my clothes. I need to do some necessary things to come back professionally and work this out," he added.
Originally posted by ANNED
Why would a company owner ever go to china to get trapped in the first place.
This is what you hire managers and others to do while you set safe someplace else.
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by ANNED
I agree with you, it seems that either the men's business is a low key and that is why he can not pay for representatives of his company to do the dirty work for him.
His is not in the top fortune 500 that is for sure.
edit on 25-6-2013 by marg6043 because: (no reason given)