“More than 2,000 workers at a Wintek Corp. factory in Suzhou, China, have gone on strike and destroyed equipment at their factory, potentially straining the supply of parts for Apple’s iPhone,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.
“According to China Daily, factory workers last week damaged equipment and vehicles in response to a number of alleged deaths from overexposure to toxic chemicals,” Marsal reports. “Employees said they did not accept the local government’s investigation into the matter. Bloomberg reported that the factory is a component supplier for the iPhone.”
“On Friday, workers gathered in the morning and caused damage at the Suzhou Industrial Park,” Marsal reports. “They also blocked off a road and threw rocks at police, though no casualties were reported.”
Marsal reports, “Various reports said that the workers were reacting to rumors of a canceled 2009 bonus, but one worker told China Daily the matter was not solely about money. ‘What we feel angry about is the company authorities’ apathy to our workers’ health,’ said a worker named Zhu. He also added that employees have been overworked and underpaid.”
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