Riot Shuts Down Foxconn Plant, Impact on iPhone 5 Production Unclear

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    Riot Shuts Down Foxconn Plant, Impact on iPhone 5 Production Unclear

    Reuters reports on a riot that broke out earlier today at Foxconn's facilities in Taiyuan, China, forcing the company to temporarily shutter the plant as it cleans up the damage and investigates the situation. The cause of the riot, which reportedly involved about 2,000 workers, remains unclear, with the company claiming that it began as a personal dispute between workers while other sources have indicated that it stemmed from security guards beating workers for unspecified reasons.

    It was not clear how long the shutdown would last at the plant, which employs about 79,000 people in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, while police and company officials investigate the cause of the disturbance. [...]

    "The plant is closed today for investigation," Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo told Reuters. An employee contacted by telephone said the closure could last two or three days.








    The report also claims that an iPhone 5 production line was damaged in the riots, but that information does not appear to have been confirmed. As detailed in an undercover report from earlier this month, Foxconn's Taiyuan facility is involved in the production of the iPhone 5 black plate, and a multi-day shutdown at the plant could potentially have an impact on overall device production depending on existing supplies of the part in the assembly chain.


    9-24-12


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    Foxconn factory returns to work after 2000-employee riot

    The exact cause of a riot at a Chinese Foxconn factory Sunday night remains under investigation, but employees at the Taiyuan facility returned to work on Tuesday after a one-day shutdown.

    Labor groups say heightened tensions between workers at the factory and Foxconn were heightened because of pressure to meet demand for the new iPhone 5, according to the Associated Press. Foxconn has not said whether the one-day suspension of production will affect supplies.

    Reports out of Taiyuan about what caused the brawl remain divided: some have said the incident stemmed from a confrontation between a factory worker and a guard, while others have said it was a fight between workers from different production lines.

    One employee who spoke with the AP said the violence arose because of employee anger over alleged mistreatment by Foxconn guards and managers.

    "Foxconn, some supervisors, and security guards never respect us," the anonymous worker said. "We all have this anger toward them and (the workers) wanted to destroy things to release this anger."





    It's not even certain whether the iPhone 5 is being built at the factory in question. Earlier this month, a Chinese reporter issued a report after he supposedly went undercover inside Foxconn's Taiyuan factory, where he said he found that the plant was responsible for the fabrication of "uni-body" backplates used in Apple's latest iPhone 5.

    The brawl that took place Sunday involved 2,000 employees, and a total of 40 people were reported injured. Foxconn issued a statement on Monday to say there were no employee deaths and that production would resume this week.


    9-26-12


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