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Workers riot at Foxconn's Chengdu plant

updated 01:24 pm EDT, Wed June 6, 2012

'Dozens' of people arrested during incident

A number of workers at Foxconn's plant in Chengdu, China rioted on Monday night, reports say. The incident allegedly began when security guards attempted to stop a thief, and workers with grudges against the guards interfered. From there the situation grew out of control, until as many as a thousand workers were reportedly throwing bottles, bins, chairs, pots, and fireworks from the upper floors of a male dormitory.

Local police were called in by dorm administrators, and accounts say that "hundreds" of officers eventually showed up. In all the event lasted about two hours, resulting in the arrest of "dozens" of workers.

The Chengdu plant helps supply several Western electronics companies, such as Apple and Microsoft. It's unclear what if any effect the arrests might have on production. The riot may, however, only compound labor problems at Foxconn. The company has been accused of demanding unpaid overtime, imposing "humiliating" discipline, and continuing to keep workers out of genuinely representative unions. This is despite promises by both Apple and Foxconn to improve conditions, following a report from the Fair Labor Association.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2007


    If it looks like a duck,

    quacks, and walks like a duck, it could be the place has a prison feeling about it. Please Foxconn. Fix that! Fire up some actually enjoyable entertainment, provide engaging leisure activity unrelated to work, and get some enlightened psychologists to help with conditions. Jeepers! It can't be that hard.

  1. Blairmc

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2003


    No surprise

    Just using Microsoft product for 5 minutes makes me mad, imagine having to make them 14 hours a day!

  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010


    That's a relief

    I'm just glad none of them jumped. That's a pretty tall building.

  1. peter02l

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    Joined: Mar 2009


    comment title

    Apple's habit of secrecy is responsible for demanding that Foxconn prevent parts being stolen. It's unconscionable that workers are prevented from stealing at Chinese factories.

  1. charlituna

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    Joined: Sep 2009


    no photo proof

    if that is supposed to be a photo of the incident it is a huge fail. looks more like the typical orderly shift change or such. and it seems to be the only photo of this major incident. sounds more like a major FUD so someone could get some page hits by name dropping Apple into an 'article'

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