Thousands of Foxconn workers go on strike due to iPhone 5 quality control standards

According toб═China Labor Watch, somewhere between three to four thousand Foxconn workers went on strike as a result of increased quality control demands for Apple’s new iPhone 5. Apple and Foxconn instituted new quality control standards on the smartphone following concerns over scratching and other issues, but workers claim that the tools provided for them do not allow them to completely follow the new standards.

(New York) China Labor Watch (CLW) announced that at 1:00PM on October 5 (Beijing time), a strike occurred at FoxconnБ─≥s Zhengzhou factory that, according to workers, involved three to four thousand production workers. In addition to demanding that workers work during the holiday, Foxconn raised overly strict demands on product quality without providing worker training for the corresponding skills. This led to workers turning out products that did not meet standards and ultimately put a tremendous amount of pressure on workers. Additionally, quality control inspectors fell into to conflicts with workers and were beat up multiple times by workers. Factory management turned a deaf ear to complaints about these conflicts and took no corrective measures. The result of both of these circumstances was a widespread work stoppage on the factory floor among workers and inspectors.

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