Foxconn iPhone 5 Production Workers on Massive Strike

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Strike ThumbnailThere's big trouble brewing at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory in China. According to local reports, as of yesterday afternoon, between three thousand and four thousand workers went on strike at the plant, which produces iPhone 5 devices for Apple.

Foxconn is often the topic of unfair working conditions, and that's what this work stoppage is all about. Employees grinding away at the factory building iPhone 5 models for Apple are complaining that they're being told they have to work during holidays, and also that quality control has to improve dramatically, despite the lack of worker training.

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"Quality control inspectors fell into to conflicts with workers and were beat up multiple times by workers," China Labor Watch reports. "Factory management turned a deaf ear to complaints about these conflicts and took no corrective measures. The result of both of these circumstances was a widespread work stoppage on the factory floor among workers and inspectors."

Most of the workers on strike were from the onsite quality control (OQC) line, which effectively halted iPhone 5 production all day long on Friday. Part of the issue is that Apple has turned up the heat on Foxconn over reports that iPhone 5 models are prone to scratches on the back cover and the outside frame, and that some iPhone 5 models were reaching customers already damaged. This in turn led to stricter quality control measures that apparently the workers were unable to meet, claiming the scratches are a design defect and not something they're able to rectify.
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CDeeter replied on Sun, Oct 7 2012 9:12 AM

Good for them. I hope that they get what they want, and deserve. These people are being treated like animals. Just look at the working and living conditions they are forced to endure. It's inhumane the way they are warehoused; like a human puppy mill.

I have to say though, they are very brave doing this in China, a country that doesn't tolerate uprisings very well. I hope for their sake that the military doesn't get involved, or we could have another Tienanmen Square on our hands.

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realneil replied on Sun, Oct 7 2012 10:30 AM

I agree, if the government responds, they're gonna be in trouble, fast.

I wish them the best.

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how much does an a.pl phone costs again? ooh ... i so much want to buy one

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