[UPDATE] Around 1,000 workers have gone on strike over poor pay, overcrowded accommodation and low quality staff meals at a supplier linked to Foxconn in the city of Fengcheng in southeast China’s Jiangxi province. The industrial action began on Thursday and continued on Friday. “Riot police” was reportedly intervened by using a water cannon as well as physical violence to suppress and arrest demonstrators.
Foxconn has admitted to hire workers as young as 14 at its factories in Shandong province to ease its current labor shortage. The manufacturer said the minors will return to school and has formally apologized to them and to their parents. The Taiwan-based company published the results of an internal investigation, which has found its factories in Yantai hired over 3,000 young workers from local vocational schools. The students were aged between 14 and 16 and around 56 of them were less than 16 years old, in violation of national labor laws. Foxconn will dismiss the staff responsible for hiring underage workers …
The Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant was closed after a massive riot broke out on Monday, and caused at least one iPhone 5 production line damaged. Workers at the factory were back to work on Tuesday. So will there be another riot? What will the workers do to get the world’s attention?
Remember our breaking undercover journalist story being reported a week ago? Regarding the most recent riot, we have contacted the same undercover journalist called Wang Yu via QQ (China’s most popular IM software) and he has something to say. He made 3 very close friends during the 10 days stay in the Taiyuan Foxconn factory and he talks about their miserable life in Foxconn.
Japan’s electronic makers have suspended operations at some factories in China as safety concerns grow amid violent anti-Japan protests. Canon is set to suspend operations at three of its four plants in China for a few days. The violence followed Japan’s purchase of islands in the East China Sea which China claims sovereignty over. Another electronics giant Panasonic said it has suspended production at two electronics components factories in China and closed another, after several workers “sabotaged” operations in the factory. We have found some footage on Canon worker’s strike inside Chinese factory, click in to watch the video.
UPDATE SEPT 24 – Part 1: Taiyuan Foxconn has gone strike !
UPDATE SEPT 24 – Part 2: We have got in touch with the undercover journalist.
It has been revealed that thousands of students in an east China city are being forced to work at a Foxconn plant after classes were suspended at the beginning of the new semester. Students from Huai’an in Jiangsu Province were driven to Foxconn factory after the plant couldn’t find sufficient workers for the production of Apple’s upcomimg iPhone 5. A student majoring in computing at a Technology Institute said they started work on the production line last Thursday and were being paid 1,550 yuan (US$243.97) a month for working six days a week. But they had to pay hundreds of yuan for food and accommodation. Several other students from at least five colleges backed up, they were being forced to work for 12 hours a day …
Samsung has already sprung into action in response to accusations that its supplier is forcing underage children to work under harsh conditions. The Korean handset maker is sending a team to the HEG Electronics factory in Huizhou China this week, to conduct its own investigation. HEG Electronics, which makes DVD players and mobile phones for Samsung, has been accused by China Labor Watch of employing children under 16 …
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Last week, around 20 Foxconn workers climbed to the rooftop of a building located inside Shenzhen plant for 26 hours to protest a planned move. The employees were protesting the company’s decision to relocate factories from Shenzhen to Huizhou, a city further north in Guangdong province, and urged the company to arrange employment for them in Shenzhen or to lay them off. Foxconn has refused to terminate the workers and said it will arrange jobs for them at other factories in the area or will hold further talks with those who insist on seeing their contracts terminated …
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