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Foxconn re-opens factory following worker riot

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Sep 2012 21:57 User comments (10)

Foxconn re-opens factory following worker riot Foxconn has confirmed it will resume production at its Taiyuan factory in China's Shanxi province after shutting it down last night following a worker riot.
The company says lost production will be minimal, despite the heavy media coverage.

"Overall it probably won't be significant because this factory mainly does a lot of components, auto electronics, consumer electronics and precision molding and not finished goods," said spokesman Louis Woo. "If we lose just one day, I don't expect it will impact any finished goods significantly and with overtime we could make up any shortfall."

Over 2000 workers began rioting and clashing with guards outside of their dormitory last night, causing the plant to be shut down. There were conflicting reports on what started the riot, with most believing it was due to working conditions requiring mandatory overtime.

Foxconn is best known for being the manufacturer behind assembling Apple iPhones.

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10 user comments

125.9.2012 16:04

Gods, there was a riot and they're reporting on whether they expect production to be impacted or not. And I can't help but read:

Quote:
"If we lose just one day, I don't expect it will impact any finished goods significantly and with overtime we could make up any shortfall."
as a subtle threat towards their workers. Classy, Classic Foxconn.
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225.9.2012 16:22

I will not buy foxconn products. they do not give a hell about their workforce or their consumers, in my view.

325.9.2012 18:42

So after the riots over and all 2000 workers went home to bed, they woke up forgetting the whole thing, no hard feelings and went back to work? I'm sure that morale is off the chart and they will be more than happy to "make up any shortfalls". Makes me smile thinking that there is some disgruntled foxxconn employee rubbin his balls all over someones new shiny iwhatever.


Keep your head up, keep alert, and don't let them take you by suprise.

426.9.2012 4:08

It's a good thing Apple bought out Foxconn a few months ago.

526.9.2012 19:46

Originally posted by mrslicker:
I will not buy foxconn products. they do not give a hell about their workforce or their consumers, in my view.
You might want to think about stopping ALL of your purchases then.

627.9.2012 2:07

Originally posted by Azuran:
Originally posted by mrslicker:
I will not buy foxconn products. they do not give a hell about their workforce or their consumers, in my view.
You might want to think about stopping ALL of your purchases then.


Yeah, mrslicker does not know it, but a LOT of electronic imported devices are just about made by a workforce of slave labor.

It is stupid to single foxconn out. They ALL do it!
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728.9.2012 13:01

At least this time it isn't multiple suicides which they have had problems with in the past.

829.9.2012 22:31

Originally posted by Notcow:
Gods, there was a riot and they're reporting on whether they expect production to be impacted or not. And I can't help but read:

Quote:
"If we lose just one day, I don't expect it will impact any finished goods significantly and with overtime we could make up any shortfall."
as a subtle threat towards their workers. Classy, Classic Foxconn.
It's kinda indicative of where their priorities are. Instead of stating the cause of the riot and what they are going to do to mitigate that cause, they report that production will not be affected, because that's obviously more important.

930.9.2012 11:40

This is starting to sound terribly close to the riots & striking that they had with the coal mines here in the United States many years ago. I mean it was literally open cases of marching people down the street to the cemetery after they exited the mine & shooting them.

I can't help but wonder when these outbreaks hit this kind of escalation.


1030.9.2012 22:14

Originally posted by LordRuss:
This is starting to sound terribly close to the riots & striking that they had with the coal mines here in the United States many years ago. I mean it was literally open cases of marching people down the street to the cemetery after they exited the mine & shooting them.

I can't help but wonder when these outbreaks hit this kind of escalation.
I imagine that this is their own labor revolution. Even the most gentle dog will bite, if you abuse it enough. If the cause of the riots is relatively minor, then there must be an underlying issue that is not being properly addressed. It's going to be interesting to see how this all pans out.

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