Foxconn is a Chinese hardware manufacturer that is the go to company for many American companies that want their hardware assembled on the cheap. Among the many companies that make use of Foxconn include Apple Inc.
Yesterday, you may have heard that a brawl started within the plant and at its peak, nearly 2,000 people were involved. When all of the dust settled, nearly 40 people would hurt with some needing medical attention. Originally, it was reported that this dispute started between a restaurant owner and employees and because of the size of the brawl, the plant did shut down operations temporarily.
Today, we’ve got confirmation that the plant is open for business again with both the local police and Foxconn representatives looking into the cause of the disputes. We know that the iPhone 5 has been facing some shortages due to problems in their supply chain already and it is not known whether the issues at Foxconn will further exasperate these problems. Although we will likely hear more about this incident in the coming days, early reports appear that employees were fed up with the treatment that they were receiving at the hands of both the higher ups and the security guards. If this is the case, it would not be the first time that Foxconn has been accused of unfair labour policies. According to some employees, there is no internal process in place available to staff through which they can express their grievances and as such, situations bubble, ultimately resulting in what we saw yesterday.