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China Labor Watch says up to 4,000 employees walked out in Zhengzhou after Foxconn and Apple ‘raised overly strict demands’
The Guardian, Adam Gabbatt, October 5
Thousands of workers at Foxconn in China have gone on strike over working conditions related to production of the iPhone 5.
Three to four thousand employees walked out of Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory on Friday, according to China Labor Watch. It said Foxconn and Apple had “raised overly strict demands on product quality” without providing adequate training.
The strike comes just weeks after Foxconn was forced to close a plant in Taiyuan, when a brawl involving as many as 2,000 workers left a number of people needing hospital treatment.
China Labor Watch, a labor rights group which monitors factory conditions in China, said Friday’s strike came after Foxconn and Apple introduced new quality controls, while at the same time Foxconn forced employees to work during a public holiday.