Managers detained after China firm forced staff to drink urine

Managers detained after China firm forced staff to drink urine

Employees of a home improvement business in south-western China have been forced to drink urine, eat cockroaches and have been smacked with belts as punishment for failing to meet sales targets, according to Chinese local media.

Police are investigating the company in Guizhou province after videos of the incidents were posted on social media, the Zunyi Public Security Bureau said on its Weibo account.

The video showed a shirtless man surrounded by a group of people and being flogged with a belt by a woman.

Screenshots of the managers threatening staff to eat cockroaches for poor performance also emerged.

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.

"If the sales goal has not been met by the end of this month, the team leader will have to eat three cockroaches for each failed sale", one text message read.

In other cases, employees reportedly had their heads shaved or were required to drink toilet water and urine for failing to complete tasks.

It had not paid its employees for the last two months.

In a statement released by police, it was revealed that two of the firm's managers have been jailed for ten days, while another will serve five days in jail. The employee added that the firm threatened to reduce their severance pay should they resign from their jobs. 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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