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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29 Comments

1. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I almost thought it's because of Apple. LOL

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Well, the plant is supposed to make the case for the iP5, so Apple is an accessory of sorts (morally as opposed to legally).

19. Connie.Linghus

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I abhor violence and iMelees of any kind because violence is baaa-haaa-haaa-aaaaad.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I may be dating myself a bit here but the first thing that came to my mind was "Less filling/ Taste great". (That was from the Miller Lite ads from the 80s- early 90s.) I guess the could've had the Bugs Bunny/ Daffy Duck argument, Duck season/ Rabbit season.

24. metalpoet unregistered

Hell yeah! please please god let this hurt apple in some way!

27. metalpoet unregistered

*Chinese accent* oohhh you dipspits get back to work on those icrap products! you have 20 hour day ahead of you, go now or we kick u!

2. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

hey apple why are u so greedy ? please cut ur profit margin a bit

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ummm. Because they want to add to their pile of cash (so executives like Jonie Ivie can cash in fewer options to fund the purchase of $17 million houses)?

18. Aeires unregistered

Now, now, Ives already said Apple wasn't about money. I forget, was that before or after he purchased the $17 million house?

22. devildlm1

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Its extremely sad when you look at these numbers. Assuming that Jonie Ivie already had a house and tons of money, he alone could have given every single foxconn worker $200 each with the money he used to buy that house which would make a major difference in their lives. Not that i'd expect him to but damn, this is a crazy world we live in.

5. Astri

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 23, 2012

Someone whispered "The next big thing is already here" and the party started

9. Waffleny

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

+1 for joke of the day

10. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

+1 for appreciation

14. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

That was funny.

6. wendygarett unregistered

WOW!!! Fighting just to taste the iphone 5!!! Thats crazy!!! :)

7. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

That must have been epic lol.

8. CapedCrusaderRobin

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 19, 2010

Somewhere out there , there is a youtube video of that fight, itching to be uploaded for the world to see !

11. e.wvu unregistered

That was a long fight.

13. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

oh yeah, kind of wish to see the video of the whole brawl. must have been brutal :/ poor guys.

12. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

where is the human rights for that people ?? for apple this is a joke...

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

expect this to happen at more foxconn factories if they find out about it. "hey look, they got a vacation day!! fight everyone fight!!" When I read it it sounded like the Chinese version of West Side Story. Rival factions dance fighting across the halls.

25. metalpoet unregistered

YES FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

16. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The low wages finally got to them. Instead of hurting themselves, they hurt each other.

17. SleepingOz unregistered

Nintendo worker - Hey, my GSIII is better than the elongated remote control you're making! Apple worker - Say what? Want a PS3?

21. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

UFC comes to japan in foxconn factories

26. metalpoet unregistered

lets get it on!

23. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

Lol they should make boxing gloves

28. wolstenbeast

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You've gotta fight for your right to Parteeeeeee!

29. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Singing, and everyone was Kung-Fu fighting ha

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