Foxconn iPhone 5 production workers strike over quality demands and labor issues, China Labor Watch says

By on Oct 7, 2012 in Asia, Business, Smartphone, Technology Comments

Updated: October 7, 2012 2:40 a.m.

Read Foxconn workers strike and iPhone 5 production lines stop reports not true, Foxconn says

Thousands of iPhone 5 production workers reportedly strike at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, China on Friday, October 5, 2012, after the management was said to have demanded for higher quality but the workers said they were not given provide proper training.

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According to China Labor Watch on Friday, three to four thousand Foxconn workers went on strike at around 1 p.m. (Beijing time) that day after the management pressured them regarding the quality of the iPhone 5 they were producing, claiming that were not taught of the required skills to achieve the demand.

As noted in the report, there were conflicts between the production workers and the quality control inspectors, but the management allegedly did not make any action to these incidents, which eventually led to the stoppage of the multiple production lines in various factory buildings.

Apparently, the production workers were reportedly not following the strict demands on product quality that resulted to products that meeting the standards. In addition, Foxconn allegedly forced their production workers to work on holidays, and eventually triggered them to participate in the strike.

“From October 1st to October 8th, it is the national holiday in China. Foxconn required workers in the Zhengzhou factory to work during this time to meet the production demand of iPhone 5.” A statement reads at on their updated report.

“On October 5th, workers from the OQC (onsite quality control) line went to the factory and then left due to the conflicts.” The report added, with Foxconn later issuing a statement, saying that there was no workers strike in their company that day.

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