The Foxconn Technology iPhone 5 production factory in Taiyuan, China is back in business after shutting down a few days ago due to a brawl among its workers!
Just days ago, the plant’s 2,000 employees were all throwing fists, after claims that 4 to 5 security guards nearly beat one worker to death. The debacle led to the factory’s shut down, but everything appears to be back in operation now.
As reported by the Associated Press:
Foxconn Technology Group and police said the cause of the unrest Sunday night was under investigation, but labor activists said the rollout of the iPhone 5 has led to longer working hours and more pressure on workers. Foxconn and police said as many as 2,000 employees were involved in the brawl and 40 people were reported injured.
The iPhone 5 debuted last week in the United States and eight other countries and Apple has a three- to four-week backlog of online orders. Foxconn has declined to say whether its one-day suspension of production Monday in Taiyuan might affect supplies. It did not respond to a request for comment on the labor groups’ claims.
News reports and witnesses said the violence Sunday night in Taiyuan in northern China stemmed from a confrontation between a factory worker and a guard that escalated. One employee reached by telephone said the violence was fueled by workers’ anger about mistreatment by Foxconn security guards and managers.
Production at the Taiyuan factory resumed on Tuesday, Foxconn said in a written statement. It did not respond to a request for information on the status of its investigation or whether policies at the factory might be changed.
We are happy that the iPhone production is up and running. Hopefully tensions between the workers at the Foxconn Technology Group have been resolved.