iPhone 5 Launches Brawl in Chinese Factory
September 26, 2012 By Alicia Ramsay

A brawl broke out late Sunday at the Chinese company responsible for manufacturing Apple products due to an increase in labor hours associated with the iPhone 5 launch.

About 2,000 Foxconn workers were involved in a dispute earlier late Sunday, September 23 in Taiyuan, Northern China which led to arrests early Monday morning.

According to reports, 40 workers were injured at the plant.

Foxconn is an electronic manufacturer owned by Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Foxconn produces products for Apple, as well as HP, Nokia, Dell Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Co.

Apple's launch of the iPhone 5 on Friday, September 21 caused an increase in labor hours at the Taiyuan plan. That, in addition to poor working conditions, is said to be the cause of the Chinese workers' uproar.

In March of this year, Foxconn raised minimum wages and promised fewer work hours after an auditor hired by Apple discovered that the employees were being overworked.

According to news reports, Sunday's brawl was the result of the employees being mistreated by Foxconn's security guards and managers.

In 2010, a series of suicides forced the company to install nets to catch jumpers. Since then, they have also hired a large number of psychological counselors and began a 24-hour care center.

According to the Huffington Post, in 2011, workers at the Foxconn's Chengdu factory had to sign a pledge not to commit suicide.

"In the event of non-accidental injuries (including suicide, self-mutilation, etc.), I agree that the company has acted properly in accordance with relevant laws and regulations," the pledge stated. "And will not sue the company, bring excessive demands, take drastic actions that would damage the company's reputation or cause trouble that would hurt normal operations."

If the company detects abnormal physical or mental problems, workers agree to be sent to the hospital. Some workers, however, see this as a tactic for the company to institutionalize them.

About 1.2 million workers labor in factories across China in the cities of Taiyuan, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing and Zhenzhou.

Apple no longer employs other factories that violate overtime and child labor laws.

The plant where the brawl took place was re-opened for work today.

Visitor Comments (1)
Posted By LINGOSO on September 26, 2012
People are still being used as slaves, modern day slave without the boat, but they didn't loose the whips and the labor, Apple is a multi-million dollar industry and they cant afford to treat their employees as such. Its sad because people in New York are killing themselves and each other to get the new iphone 5 while workers in Taiwan are literally killing themselves to stop working on this electronic crack. I thought drugs were the only thing that made people go batcrap crazy, but apparently electronics, sneakers, and meeting celebrities has made the cut. Its a sad and depressing world we live in, to know people rather die than work to survive, I hope things change in the future but somehow i doubt it will, and may even get worse.
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