Workers' Brawl Shuts Down Foxconn iPhone Factory

Foxconn iPhone workers fight

By Joe McDonald


BEIJING -- The company that makes Apple's iPhones suspended production at a factory in China on Monday after a brawl by as many as 2,000 employees at a dormitory injured 40 people. The fight, the cause of which was under investigation, erupted Sunday night at a privately managed dormitory near a Foxconn Technology Group factory in the northern city of Taiyuan, the company and Chinese police said. A police statement reported by the official Xinhua News Agency said 5,000 officers were dispatched to the scene.

The Taiwanese-owned company declined to say whether the factory was involved in iPhone production. It said the facility, which employs 79,000 people, would suspend work Monday and reopen Tuesday.

Foxconn makes iPhones and iPads for Apple Inc. and also assembles products for Microsoft Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. It is one of China's biggest employers, with some 1.2 million workers in factories in Taiyuan, the southern city of Shenzhen, in Chengdu in the west and in Zhengzhou in central China.

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The fight in Taiyuan started at 11 p.m. on Sunday, "drawing a large crowd of spectators and triggering chaos," a police spokesman was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Order was restored after about four hours and several people were arrested, said the company, a unit of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. It said 40 people were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The violence did not appear to be work-related, the company and police said. Comments posted on Chinese Internet bulletin boards said it might have erupted after a security guard hit an employee.

Photos posted on microblog service Sina Weibo showed broken windows, a burned vehicle and police with riot helmets, shields and clubs.

Phone calls to police headquarters and the Taiyuan city hall were not answered. People reached by phone at restaurants and other businesses in the area said they had no details about the clash.

The company has faced scrutiny over complaints in the past about wages and working hours. It raised minimum pay and promised in March to limit hours after an auditor hired by Apple found Foxconn employees regularly were required to work more than 60 hours a week.

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Eric

I would buy U.S. made products if I could find any. Am I to go without a phone, computer, tv? Tear parts out of my U.S. made car and appliances? I'd be willing to pay more for U.S. made products, but in certain categories, they don't exist.

December 10 2012 at 4:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
jeslats

buy U.S.

September 25 2012 at 7:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ccurt78

Here is a chance to do something for the US economy STOP buying apple products until they start manufacturing excluslively in the United States using U.S produced materials and U.S labor. Do the same thing to every company you can identify that has the same business practices. EVERYTIME you buy a Amercian product made out of this country, you are helping to destroy our way of life and our country.

September 25 2012 at 6:16 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ccurt78

Here is a chance to do something for the US economy STOP buying apple products until they start manufacturing excluslively in the United States using U.S produced materials and U.S labor. Do the same thing to every company you can identify that has the same business practices. EVERYTIME you buy a Amercian product made out of this country, you are helping to destroy our way of life and our country.

September 25 2012 at 6:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
engineherder

One of the biggest costs of doing business here is that from one day to the next, a company doesn't know what the environmental regulations will be. Some of them are created by bureaucrats that don't even know what the regulation even means. Create real meaningful regulations and don't change them after the plant is built unless it is proven that a change needs to be made and then help the company become in compliance. Don't tell them one day that it is okay to build a plant in a specific location to specific criteria and then change it after they have already built it. It doesn't take a billionaire. Find like minded people, set a goal, find the right place and the right people and invest in America. It doesn't have to be a big item, just a well made one. American companies watch who you sell out to. Chippawa boots used to be made in the USA, as were Justin Boots. Both are now owned by Warren Buffet and most are made in China or Mexico.
Quality has gone down, prices have not.

September 25 2012 at 5:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Eric

Well, let's be real about this. China has NO environmental regulations. What's cheaper? They are Communists. So when people "complain" that they are getting sick, getting cancer, etc... The Communist government throws THEM in jail, rather than doing anything to the offending company. It's a discrace that we continue to purchase products made there. At one time Communists were the ultimate Enemy of the State. Now we cater to them and employ their millions at the expense of our own, all in the name of corporate profits. Disgusting.

December 10 2012 at 4:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Anne

All of you I-phone lovers out there, waiting in line to buy this uber-profitable device, consider this: your toy comes to you courtesy of slave labor camps, that are only marginally better than gulags and concentration camps. A valid comparison could be made to buying blood diamonds. Hard to believe that Steve Jobs was so indifferent to the welfare of the Chinese workers who assemble his products. I-phones could easily be assembled in the USA. Buyers will gladly pay anything for them, so Apple could still make big profits. Americans should boycott Apple products until they manufacture them here.

September 25 2012 at 4:54 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Anne

All of you I-phone lovers out there, waiting in line to buy this uber-profitable device, consider this: your toy comes to you courtesy of slave labor camps, that are only marginally better than gulags and concentration camps. A valid comparison could be made to buying blood diamonds. Hard to believe that Steve Jobs was so indifferent to the welfare of the Chinese workers who assemble his products. I-phones could easily be assembled in the USA. Buyers will gladly pay anything for them, so Apple could still make big profits. Americans should boycott Apple products until they manufacture them here.

September 25 2012 at 4:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kalelreg

The only apples I use are grown in the USA.

September 25 2012 at 4:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
peoplepersons

Competition is easy with one less greedy CEO. You could make a phone similar to the iPhone in America. Put an American made tag on it and charge the same price as the iPhone. The CEO's will still make a fortune charging what they do for these devices.
Are there no UN greedy CEO's left who want that patriotism label along with a lot of revenue? You don;t have to be the richest man in the world to be rich nor competitive. They do have competition with android devices but again they are all made in Asian countries with cheap labor. Who want to be the next Aphone? A stands for American. Capeesh?

September 25 2012 at 2:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
peoplepersons

Competition is easy with one less greedy CEO. You could make a phone similar to the iPhone in America. Put an American made tag on it and charge the same price as the iPhone. The CEO's will still make a fortune charging what they do for these devices.
Are there no UN greedy CEO's left who want that patriotism label along with a lot of revenue? You don;t have to be the richest man in the world to be rich nor competitive. They do have competition with android devices but again they are all made in Asian countries with cheap labor. Who want to be the next Aphone? A stands for American. Capeesh?

September 25 2012 at 2:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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