Thursday, June 7th 2012

Workers Riot at Foxconn Chengdu iPhone/iPad Plant

If televised visits by Apple's top-brass to Foxconn's manufacturing facilities, and commitments to improve working conditions were mere PR exercises meant to cover up the issue of dismal working conditions, they failed. About 1,000 workers at Foxconn's manufacturing facility at Chengdu rioted on a large scale, which took the police several hours to subdue. According to media reports, the riot started when the facility guards were trying to stop a thief, while other workers who held grudges against the guards prevented them from catching the thief. Soon, the situation went out of control, as 1,000 workers started a riot. The workers were seen chucking pots, pans, garbage, and even fireworks from their dormitory windows. Public facilities sustained damage, the police made several arrests. The episode reveals that worker-management relations, at least at the Chengdu plant, which manufactures a massive amount of iPhone and iPad products for Apple, are at a breaking point.

Sources: WantChinaTimes, VR-Zone
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107 Comments on Workers Riot at Foxconn Chengdu iPhone/iPad Plant

#2
DannibusX
Ah, yes. Nothing to see here, move along people.
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#3
Mussels
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by: remixedcat
thought they fixed that....
management probably thought their employess 'just worked'
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#4
SnoopKatt
Things like this honestly need more light brought onto them. Chinese factory conditions will never improve unless enough people know about them, and if enough people are willing to disapprove of a product until the workers are treated better.
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#5
DOM
I see Apple using this to jack up there prices even more
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#6
H82LUZ73
by: DOM
I see Apple using this to jack up there prices even more
Me 2 ...yeah we have a plant in China that pays them $3.00 an hour and they riot about it ,And we will now charge you for an Ipad $600 =profit :) Like the line in Pink Flyod`s song

Money some say is the root of all evil today...
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#7
Wiselnvestor
They got inspiration from that 1984 apple ad, that or the Futurama parody.
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#8
DannibusX
by: SnoopKatt
Things like this honestly need more light brought onto them. Chinese factory conditions will never improve unless enough people know about them, and if enough people are willing to disapprove of a product until the workers are treated better.
People don't care. It doesn't effect them. They get their iPhone, PlayStation, Xbox or Galaxy S device without blood on it.
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#9
punani
Anyone here that wouldn't throw shit around if you're salary dropped 90% but you still need to work just as hard ?

If no one else is gonna help them then why not kick some ass until conditions improve.
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#10
Kantastic
by: punani
Anyone here that wouldn't throw shit around if you're salary dropped 90% but you still need to work just as hard ?

If no one else is gonna help them then why not kick some ass until conditions improve.
Wouldn't be so bad considering living expenses would drop about 70%.
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#11
natr0n
apple will say it was a party.
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#12
erixx
Consider this: if China undergoes a second revolution and kicks out the corporations the (western) world crisis is gonna be insane. A coup of generals is not impossible.There are some hard as steel contradictions in that country.
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#14
Dj-ElectriC
Finally some people have the balls to riot. Keep on
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#15
DigitalUK
by: btarunr
The workers were seen chucking pots, pans, garbage, and even fireworks
must have been the motherboard department.:)
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#16
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
I guess their security doesnt look menacing enough



If he was holding a sledge hammer. I doubt any one of the staff would wanna fuck with him let alone riot for fear of getting a sledge hammer to the face!! but then again the first way to stop a uprising is by killing it and i guess thats where their glorious leaderdictatorboss forgot to call in backup and crowd control that shit till shit calmed down and made the workers fall back in line and sit the fuck down like the opressed people they are.

but i digress....China has always had issues with slave labour bad working conditions.

Either Apple or the other big firms they are contracted with dont pay the company enough to pay its staff a decent wage or the company bosses are greedy arseholes who go home and swim in a pool at night......

In any case companies who contract work to them are in a position of power and should demand that the company improve working conditions for the staff or risk losing the contract......Sadly this aint a perfect world.

corporate scumbags would be less of a scumbag to care a little more about who is building their goods.

A happy worker always works better then one who is less satisfied with his work conditions.

you could argue that oppressing them also makes them work harder as they fear an ass kicking if the managers/line managers etc etc think that potential individual isnt working hard enough but that doesnt count.


jobs are so hard to come by in china given the huge population, and people have no choice but to live with it.
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#17
micropage7
so its like you open pandora box
there many problems that couldnt solve they ground it then when something small happen they gonna burn
if words can do nutting, words aint need anymore
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#18
Jurassic1024
Thought they fixed this?! Apple can't build something for $250 and sell it for $700 using factory workers in Asian countries without cutting major corners.
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#19
Jegergrim
It's just a matter of time before we begin seing much larger scale riots in China to be honest, their economy is blooming and living conditions (although not very high) is also improving for somewhat the lower parts of societical hierarchy..
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#20
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
She was like "Im gonna burn this mother down" and I was like "You better not! You better not!"
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#21
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Jurassic1024
Thought they fixed this?! Apple can't build something for $250 and sell it for $700 using factory workers in Asian countries without cutting major corners.
Its called.... 'making a profit'

though directors/bosses/managers of Foxconn are equally as guilty for not negotiating with Apple for more money so staff can be better paid and have better working conditions instead of being treated like stray dogs who have just swam half a mile up a sewer pipe full of runny human excrement

though apple would probably use it as a reason to increase prices. Im sure if the rest of the world knew the kind of conditions the factory workers have to live and work through, they'd think twice about buying another apple product.
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#22
Jegergrim
by: FreedomEclipse
Its called.... 'making a profit'

though directors/bosses/managers of Foxconn are equally as guilty for not negotiating with Apple for more money so staff can be better paid and have better working conditions instead of being treated like stray dogs who have just swam half a mile up a sewer pipe full of runny human excrement

though apple would probably use it as a reason to increase prices. Im sure if the rest of the world knew the kind of conditions the factory workers have to live and work through, they'd think twice about buying another apple product.
Couldn't agree more, but I still think it isn't enough. The fact that the factory workers are litterally suffering for a small profit, just doesn't seem to affect most people I see with iPhone's, when they want one, they want one, and litterally happily pay more than they actually cab afford that specific month, just to have what everyone else has. Personally I don't support any apple product - but for the bigger part of population, they need a better reason for not buying what they want, people suffering half way across the world simply don't affect most people, they struggle 'enough' everyday thinking about what to wear, and how to set the hair today, let alone struggle/"think" about other people's problems, ignorance is bliss, no?.... I would like to lastly say this my subjective point of view...ofcourse I know this isn't how everyone thinks, but the majority just acts that way :banghead:
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#23
Sh00t1st
Just wanted to say nice job on the news bta :) checked cnn and their post is several hours later than your post :) :toast: bta is officially faster than cnn !!
and right ON foxconn employees, maybe this will make some waves, probably not though.
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#24
Black Hades
Am I the only one who wouldn't care the slightest if Apple jacked up the prices?
I don't own a single device made by them, nor do I desire one to be honest.
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#25
AphexDreamer
Maybe they can bring the Jobs here? Oh noes they'd have to pay people decent wages. Maybe apple fans can see what an apple device really costs.
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