A dozen migrant workers climbed onto the rooftop of a 33-story building at Fangzhi Xi Road of Suzhou city in Anhui province and threatened to jump off the building together after they had tried in vain to demand an unpaid 330,000 RMB salary from their boss, said NetEase
Firefighters and police rushed to the scene to mediate the problem between the migrant workers and their construction manager after receiving a tipoff.
According to police, the workers had demanded several times that their boss give them their salaries right after a project was completed, but the boss failed to.
“We agreed to settle the bill at the end of the year. Now, it’s not time yet. I was going to pay them part of the salaries, but they were reluctant to…” said the construction manager.
Before the manager finished, one of the workers cut in and said “You never said the salary is settled yearly!”
After one hour of persuasion, the workers agreed to get down and went along with the construction manager to the police station to settle the dispute.
Fortunately, no violence ensued.
Apparently, putting on high rise theatrics has proven to be a pretty successful way to negotiate salary issues. In September, a man who was disgruntled about a pay dispute with his boss climbed out onto a fifth floor ledge wielding a fruit knife and sat there for two hours until his boss finally arrived at the scene and forked over some money.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via NetEase]