Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Shock as company forces employees to drink urine, eat cockroaches

China urine Chinese firm’s punishment on staff for low sales — whipping, drinking urine, eating cockroaches
Steven Clarke | 08 November, 2018, 19:15

The managers of a Chinese home decor company were jailed after being accused of forcing employees to drink urine and endure other indignities for failing to make sales targets, local media reported on Wednesday.

The video explicitly shows staff holding their noses as they down large plastic cups full to the brim of yellow liquid, later confirmed to be urine. Footage titled "Employees who failed to meet their goals forced to drink urine" has already been viewed over half a million times on Weibo.

The video, filmed in southwestern China's Guizhou Province on October 30, shows a worker standing in the middle of what appears to be an office meeting room being whipped by one of the managers.

Screenshots of what were said to be messages from the managers threaten staff that they will have to eat cockroaches for poor performances.

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The main sticking point is the border between European Union member Ireland and the British-ruled province of Northern Ireland. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar also said today that as the days went by a summit in November was getting less likely.

Other alleged punishments include workers being forced to drink vinegar or toilet water, or being forced to sell condoms and sanitary pads on the street.

Previous reports have alleged cases of employees slapping each other at a company event to boost motivation, and staff forced to crawl on a public road or kiss rubbish bins as a punishment or for team building. The employee added that the firm threatened to reduce their severance pay should they resign from their jobs.

Three managers were jailed for five and 10 days over the incident, the South China Morning Post reports. In August, labour activists that included students were arrested for supporting factory workers from welding machinery company Jasic International who were seeking to form a labour union after they were subjected to inhumane working conditions and later dismissed.

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