Foxconn factory workers; trouble hits
October 9, 2012
Foxconn Technology Group, the assembler of Apple iPhones, had to stop production for the second time in as many weeks after factory-line workers at one of its plants protested against increased pressure.
Foxconn employs more than 1 million workers in China and has suffered in the past three years from suicides, riots and strikes. To improve working conditions, Chairman Terry Gou raised pay and allowed inspections by outside observers. The employees, who work as many as 12 hours a day, say the difficulties of meeting Apple’s demands for quality and abuse from guards set off the latest incidents.
One of the company’s factories in Zhengzhou, China, lost two shifts on October 5 after workers became frustrated trying to prevent scratching on the casings of the iPhone 5, according to two people familiar with the matter. A dispute occurred between the production and quality teams at the factory, the company said. Some 3,000 to 4,000 people who walked off the job at the plant, have since returned to work, according to advocacy group China Labor Watch.
Photo source of Foxconn employees protesting outside of an Apple store in previous protest.
Workers of the world unite. Power to the people of Foxconn - you deserve more than a life of Apple slavery.
Screw market demand, if Apple is so innovative and goes against the grain so much, why don’t they just jump out of the Chinese market that seems to steal their IPs every year and just automate the whole production process here in the US. They have enough billions in their war chest for the R&D to make the right robotics for said production but they’re spending most of their money on anti-competitive litigation instead.