Foxconn factory shut down after 2,000-employee brawl erupts, 40 workers injured

Foxconn factory shut down after 2,000-employee brawl erupts, 40 workers injured
Foxconn, the Chinese company best known for manufacturing the iPhone and iPad, has shut down one of its factories after a fight erupted among nearly 2,000 people. 40 workers were injured and some employees have been arrested.

It is not yet clear whether that particular factory was one of Foxconn’s iOS device manufacturing facilities. Some analysts claim that this factory is manufacturing back covers for the iPhone 5, and others disagree saying it’s likely not and is instead making Nintendo Wiis. 

Also, we don’t know yet what caused the brawl but Bloomberg points out that it all started between rival worker groups in Foxconn dorms. We've heard conflicting reports from the initial ones claiming fights broke out after a security guard hit an employee to another version saying it was an in-dorm clash between workers.

The brawl broke out around 11pm and the fight heated up and lasted until 3am when police interfered.

“We want to give people time to cool down,” Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo commented on the incident. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou was also informed and approved the halt of factory operations.

With Foxconn’s 79,000 employees, the halt of this one facility is not likely to affect manufacturing in a major way.

source: Bloomberg


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