Foxconn: Production at Taiyuan plant will resume tomorrow following riot

“Foxconn, which builds many Apple products, told CNET that while it had shut down its Taiyuan factory due to a riot on early Monday, the facility would resume production tomorrow,” Roger Cheng reports for CNET.

“The company also said in a statement e-mailed to CNET that there had been no deaths related to the incident,” Cheng reports. “Foxconn was forced to shut down the northern China factory after a riot broke out at 11 p.m. local time, possibly sparked when a guard struck a worker, and didn’t get under control until 3 a.m. The riot involved roughly 2,000 workers out of a total of 79,000 employees at the factory.”

Cheng reports, “Earlier this month, a Shanghai Evening Post journalist claimed to have gone undercover at the Taiyun plant. He described his orientation, plant security and his job, which was supposedly to manufacture the back plate of the iPhone 5.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. That’s odd, from what I’ve been hearing from the media 10 people were killed and an entire Apple production line of equipment had been destroyed and they wouldn’t be able to start production again for a week. I wonder what the truth really is. Seems the media has a hard time restraining themselves when it comes to Apple FUD.

      1. The usual bullshit. Would the media blame Ford if a similar incident occurred at a Firestone Tire plant? All the inveterate Apple bashers should join Apple Bashers Anonymous and get it out of their systems.

      2. Apple made demands, two years ago, before the anti-Apple media blitz, for Foxconn to improve worker conditions. Foxconn complied. Then, despite all the hype, workers themselves complained because THEY DIDN’T WANT THEIR OVERTIME CUT! It turned out that MONEY was more important to them than working conditions. What a hellhole.

    And the quest begins! Why EXACTLY did this riot start? With China’s government CENSORING the news, it’s actually impossible to find out so far. But I’m going to find out!

    Entry #1
    CNET said on 9-23 at 8:06 pm:
    …an early Monday riot that, according to the company, began as a fight between workers. Details remain scarce.


    Entry #2 said on 9-24 at 6:00 AM (presumably EDT):
    …Chinese media speculates that it might have been caused by a security guard beating a regular plant employee.

    If so, why? Still no clear answer.


    Entry #3
    The NY Times said on 9-24 at ~11:00 AM EDT:
    The company said the incident was confined to an employee dormitory and “no production facilities or equipment have been affected.” It said the cause of the disturbance was still under investigation.

    Fascinating. So it started WHERE? Was it in the factory? Was a production line for Apple products affected at all? Was this merely a personal dispute than went BALLISTIC?

    What exactly do we know to be fact at this point? All I can find that’s ‘real’ are the videos posted online. Clearly lots of LYING and EXAGGERATION are going on. No surprise in China.


    Entry #4
    Reuters reported 9-24 at 4:13 pm EDT:
    …what the plant’s Taiwanese owners Foxconn Technology Group said was a personal dispute in a dormitory that erupted into a mass brawl…. Foxconn said in a statement the incident escalated from what it called a personal dispute between several employees at around 11 p.m. on Sunday in the privately-managed dormitory, and was brought under control by police at around 3 a.m…. “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.

    Summary so far: Personal dispute, not at the factory, at a private dormitory between workers, nothing to do with Apple.

    Right. So let’s make this Apple’s fault somehow. Nothing new here. 😕

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