Thousands of iPhone 5 workers at Foxconn plant on strike

A Chinese labor watchdog group claims that thousands of workers went on strike today at a Chinese Foxconn plant that reportedly helps to make Apple's iPhone 5 smartphone. The strike happened less than two weeks after a riot took place at a Chinese Foxconn plant that reportedly caused injuries to 40 workers.

The report, from the China Labor Watch organization, claims that up to 4,000 workers at Foxconn's Zhengzho plant participated in the strike. The report states:

The majority of workers who participated in this strike were workers from the OQC (onsite quality control) line. According to workers, multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of paralysis for the entire day.  It was reported that factory management and Apple, despite design defects, raised strict quality demands on workers, including indentations standards of 0.02mm and demands related to scratches on frames and back covers. With such demands, employees could not even turn out iPhones that met the standard.

The report adds that Foxconn workers have also complained of their management not allowing them to take a vacation for a local holiday.

Some people who have purchased the iPhone 5 since its launch in mid-September have complained they received the phone with nicks and even bends on the phone's aluminum antenna bezel. Apple and Foxconn have yet to comment on this latest labor incident.

Source: China Labor Watch | Image via China Labor Watch

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a guy at work was showing off his new iphone at work today, (sold his 4s a month or so ago,) and he has put his 5 in a thick rubber case to stop it getting scratched. at first glance it just looks like his 4/4s, only longer. i just don't understand people.

ngc891 said,
a guy at work was showing off his new iphone at work today, (sold his 4s a month or so ago,) and he has put his 5 in a thick rubber case to stop it getting scratched. at first glance it just looks like his 4/4s, only longer. i just don't understand people.

And if the iPhone 5 had been smaller than the 4 instead of larger everyone would buy one because it's "sleeker" and more "streamlined."

Maybe if apple didn't use a metal that's easily scratchable they wouldn't have these problems. Its there own fault but of course apples always right

I am glad Chinese workers are finally willing to take a stand. Still, I am rather concerned about the consequences for them. After all, this is China!

Wowee, bad parts and manufacturing processes comes down the blame chain and lands on employees at foxconn.

Probably not at all the fault of the workers. Perhaps like the Titanic the metal alloys used to make the phone aren't up to scratch causing them to become damaged quickly or even without the workers knowledge. Poor buggers, gotta sympathize with em. The powers that be can be ruthless when labour is dime a dozen.

NerdyTech said,
Apple is such a ****** company. Wish all those workers could be here in the USA where we need jobs.

that doesnt make sense, if you need more jobs is a bad idea to bring more people inside the US, u just need the factories or offices not more people....lol

NerdyTech said,
Apple is such a ****** company.

Apple is no better and no worse than most other companies that build in China, actually I think the other companies that build there are even worse, because unlike Apple they're not always put on the grill by the media for these practices. On the bright side all the attention Apple is getting over this is putting the attention on how the workers in those factories are treated and maybe forcing the government to improve the workers conditions.

NerdyTech said,
Apple is such a ****** company. Wish all those workers could be here in the USA where we need jobs.

Yes then manufacturing cost of the devices would be much closer to retail with all the benefits American factory workers here get.
That's why all the factory work went over to the easy to exploit Chinese in the first place; to improve the corporate bottom line and protect those precious profits.
Good to see the Chinese are no longer as easy to exploit.

Didn't Steve actually say he wanted, and even aspired to the idea of Apple products stating 'Designed in California. Made in the USA.'?

In his biography it said he met with Obama, and claimed he spoke that Apple had to employ people in China simply because they couldn't find the 30,000 workers with the skills they needed in the US (cant remember why will have to re-read it).

Anyway, regardless. If you are going to have a go at Apple, feel free to bash every other "****** company" because they sure as hell don't manufacture all their stuff in the US.