The FoxConn Technology Group has closed one of its units as 2,000 workers get involved in a brawl which left 40 workers injured. The group is known for assembling Apple iPhone 5.
The Taiyuan plant in northern China, Taiwan was closed after a personal dispute spiraled into a riot involving 2,000 workers. The group also makes components for top global electronics companies.
"The plant is closed today for investigation," Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo told Reuters. . "The cause of this dispute is under investigation by local authorities and we are working closely with them in this process, but it appears not to have been work-related," Foxconn said. In a statement this Monday, Foxconn said the incident escalated from what it called a personal dispute between several employees at around 11 p.m. on Sunday in a privately managed dormitory, and was brought under control by local police at around 3 am, reported Reuters.
According to a news story in the Reuters, a post on the Chinese Twitter-like microblog site Sina Weibo, a user "Jo-Liang" posted that four or five security guards beat a worker almost to death, while another user, "Fan de Sa Hai", quoted a friend from Taiyuan as saying that guards beat up two workers from Henan province, which led other workers to set quilts on fire and toss them out of dormitory windows.
In June this year, about 100 workers went on a rampage at a Chengdu plant in southwestern China. In March this year, Apple Chief Tim Cook had visited Foxconn Technology Group’s newly built manufacturing facility for the iPhone in Zhengzhou, China, as it sought to improve working conditions at the factory. The Chinese company has also been spending heavily in recent months to improve the work environment and to raise wages.
[Image: Workers clean up glass shards from the broken windows of a security room near paramilitary police vehicles parked near an entrance of a Foxconn Tech-Industry Park in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, September 24, 2012. Image Source: Reuters]