[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 been hit by a second bout of labor unrest in less than two weeks as one of its largest factories in China is hurrying to churn out the iPhone 5. More than 200 quality control employees at the plant in Zhengzhou refused to work in protest over their high-pressure work conditions. Foxconn said the incident was triggered by an emotional standoff between the quality control personnel and production-line workers. Workers and government officials in Zhengzhou has revealed of a continued strain on labor relations that was exacerbated by the pressure caused by the iPhone 5 orders. For example, there have been complaints from consumers about scratches on the back of the new device, so Apple tightened the rules for quality control, added pressure to improve its quality inspection of each iPhone 5 to the strictest standards. Workers at the plant are feeling pushed to work to ridiculous amount …
Hong Kong Newspaper AppleDaily interviewed an injured Foxconn’s worker who surname Zhang in a hospital nearby Foxconn Taiyuan’s plant yesterday after the mass riot. Zhang is from Henan province. He worked in Foxconn for about a month and he is now lying in bed with multiple injuries. Zhang pointed out that the Chinese polices who wears helmets and wielding plastic shields had randomly beaten people up inside the factory’s dormitory. Workers were told to squat on corridor and put their hands on their head with no clothes on. Zhang recalled that one police had trodden on his head and said “You’re lucky that we didn’t kill you!“.
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?
UPDATE: 10 deaths have occurred from Foxconn Taiyuan riot, according to CPCW (China Popular Computer Week). However, Foxconn confirms that no employee deaths have occurred from the riot.
Things just cant get any better for Foxconn in China. We have exclusive news on a riot breaking out at Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant, the main location where 57 million units of iPhone 5 need to built for each year. 2,000 workers were involved in the mass brawl at the factory, and 5,000 police officers were called. But the most terrible thing is that at least one iPhone 5 production line got damaged. More details and videos after the jump.
Alright, we have no idea of what really happened here, but according to workers from Foxconn’s Chengdu plant, a huge riot started at the dormitory of Foxconn’s main building in Chengdu, with hundreds to thousands of workers throwing trash bins, chairs, pots, bottles and fireworks. We have several photos after the break, and we will tell you what caused the riot.
We just love to see Chinese workers taking a stand against long hours of working and poor working conditions. Recently, workers at a factory in southern China that supplies parts to Apple and IBM, including keyboards, went on strike with complaints of grueling overtime requirements. We have lots of photos after the break.
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