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

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

Foxconn denied earlier reports that said thousands of their factory workers went on strike on Friday, October 5, 2012 and that the iPhone 5 production lines allegedly have stopped. The Chinese electronics company is referring to the report of China Labor Watch, a New York-based nonprofit advocacy group.

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A Foxconn worker in Zhengzhou, China
Image Credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images

According to CNET.com on Saturday, October 6, 2012, a Foxconn Technology Group representative sent them an email, admitting that there were “two disputes between a small group of production line workers and Quality Assurance (QA) personnel at our manufacturing facility in Zhengzhou, China on October 1 and 2.”

As noted in the report, these two incidents were are only isolated cases and were immediately solved. This includes providing additional staff for the lines being questioned; to discuss the issues raised by both production workers and QA personnel. The company has over 1.2 million employees.

“Any reports that there has been an employee strike are inaccurate, there has been no workplace stoppage in that facility or any other Foxconn facility, and production has continued on schedule.” Foxconn was quoted in their email to CNET.

“Employees who have worked during the China national holidays at all our operations in China have done so voluntarily and this is supported by written documentation and any reports to the contrary are inaccurate.” Foxconn added, noting that they were paid according to what the China Labor Law states.

As reported earlier, ChinaLaborWatch.org reported that three to four thousand Foxconn workers went on strike at around 1 p.m. (Beijing time) this Friday and a lot of iPhone 5 production lines have stopped due to the strike. The company allegedly demanded higher quality from the workers without training them properly.

In addition, there were reportedly forced to work from Monday, October 1 to Monday, October 8, which is a national holiday in China. They said they were pressured to meet the demands of the iPhone 5, contrary to what Foxconn said on their statement.



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