4000-Strong Strike at Foxconn

Up to 4000 workers at the Foxconn factory in China went on strike yesterday due to tighter production regulations on Apple’s iPhone 5, and more hours, including holidays, required of the workers.

According to a report from China Labor Watch:

The majority of workers who participated in this strike were workers from the OQC (onsite quality control) line. According to workers, multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of paralysis for the entire day.  It was reported that factory management and Apple, despite design defects, raised strict quality demands on workers, including indentations standards of 0.02mm and demands related to scratches on frames and back covers. With such demands, employees could not even turn out iPhones that met the standard. This led to a tremendous amount of pressure on workers. On top of this, they were not permitted to have a vacation during the holiday. This combination of factors led to the strike.

It is also reported that there were multiple conflicts between the workers and the quality inspectors, including physical fighting, leading to people being injured and even hospitalised. The inspectors then reported the violence but the management turned their backs to it, so the inspectors went on strike too.

It’s sad to hear things like this, and really shows how far big “bully” companies will go to make more profit. Enjoy your iPhone 5 safe in the knowledge that it’s production has put people under intense pressure and lead to strikes, injury and death. That’s a nice thought, isn’t it?

Henry Cole

I'm an all round tech guy from Colchester, UK. I co-owned Geekily and regularly wrote here under "Geekily UK", but have since left the site to pursue other projects.

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