News Riot breaks out at Foxconn's Taiyuan plant, reportedly over guards beating up a worker

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  1. RajaPraveen

    RajaPraveen Black Jeebus Staff Member

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    Riot breaks out at Foxconn's Taiyuan plant, reportedly over guards beating up a worker

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    News just came in that workers at Foxconn's Taiyuan plant have started a riot in the wee hours in China, and that police forces are on site to control the crowd. While the motive isn't clear, Sina Weibo user Li Tian reports that the riot isn't related to the recent anti-Japan protests, though judging by his photos, much damage has been done in the process. The same site suffered from a strike back in March over salary dispute -- the front-line workers failed to receive the promised pay rise. On a similar note,Foxconn's Chengdu plant also had a riot in June, but that was apparently due to an argument between some workers and a local restaurant owner.
    Update: We are seeing unofficial reports claiming the "2,000-people" riot was triggered by security guards hitting a worker at 10pm local time.
    Update 2: According to a provincial website, Foxconn's Taiyuan industrial park focuses on magnesium alloy components for consumer electronics, heat conduction products, LED lighting products, mobile phone products and magnesium alloy automotive components.
    Update 3: An undercover report from August mentioned that the Taiyuan plant processed the back casing of the iPhone 5. It also highlighted the company's harsh management as well as "practically compulsory" over-time work. We don't doubt that this riot escalated due to dissatisfaction over working conditions.
    Update 4: Unsurprisingly, the original Sina Weibo posts have since been deleted. At the time of publication, the author had already noticed that some of the photos were already being censored by Sina. However, the photos over at Baidu Tieba are still intact.
    Update 5: Well this is interesting. Foxconn has told Reuters that there was "a fight among workers from different production lines," but the company's spokesperson said they're "still investigating the cause of the fight and the number of people involved." An official statement will be released on Monday.
     
  2. DaRampage

    DaRampage RAID Rookie

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    Incidents at this scale happens all over the world...but no one cares until some profit making big name is involved.
    In India, even a peace rally makes more of destruction than what it seems over there...although 2000 is quite a big number if the riot was too violent.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    Just look at what happened at the Manesar Plant of Maruti .. damn shame.
     
  4. RajaPraveen

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    Exactly, that is why these giant companies should share some of their profits with employees by increasing their quality of life and work place.A good quality Japanese knife will cost a lot more than any other knife, the reason is the craftsmanship and technique used, also the person who actually makes the knife is payed well and taken good care hence the high cost, here we have a company that charges premium and wants to be super profitable but it pays less for manufacturing than its competitors and does not care one bit about the workers.
     
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    Rockfella Nordic Staff Member

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    Foxconn is the world's largest maker of electronic components. Foxconn has been involved in several controversies, most relating to how it manages employees in China, where it is the largest private-sector employer. In 2012, Apple hired the Fair Labor Association to conduct an audit of working conditions at Foxconn. Not surprised.
     

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