Foxconn Employees On Strike Over iPhone 5 Quality Expectations [Report]


According to a report by China Labor Watch, Foxconn production has halted at the Zhengzhou factory. These workers are liable for the assembly of Apple’s latest handset, the iPhone 5. With recent reports of iPhone 5 supply shortages; this will only have a negative effect on estimated shipment dates for future units.

Apple has demanded employees work longer hours and provide greater output. Quality control standards have even increased, and reportedly employees never received correct training:

Quality control inspectors fell into to conflicts with workers and were beat up multiple times by workers. Factory management turned a deaf ear to complaints about these conflicts and took no corrective measures. The result of both of these circumstances was a widespread work stoppage on the factory floor among workers and inspectors.

According to workers, there was a fight between workers and quality control inspectors in area K that led to the damage in inspection room CA, the injury of some people, and the hospitalization of others. After this, another similar incident occurred in area K, once again leading to quality control inspectors getting beat up

The strike involves three to four thousand production workers who typically would be working on the line producing the iPhone 5. Along with being angered over the increased control quality standards, these workers are being forced to work during the holiday.

The report notes that quality standards have increased in attempt to address the scratches present on many black iPhone 5 models.

This wasn’t the first time Foxconn employees have halted iPhone 5 production; a few weeks ago a riot at the Taiyuan plant stopped production for nearly a day. It turned out the 2000 employee brawl was over overtime pay.

[via Gizmodo]


  • 1His_Nibs1

    Well I believe the part about employees not receiving “correct training” as I’ve had two 64 GB white iPhones that have had the light leak issue. So Apple obviously haven’t rectified the “quality control” issue or it’s an inherent flaw in the design/construction of the iPhone 5. If they’ve tightened up their quality control as the article states…….well……maybe…….FINALLY!!!!!!…….I’ll get a 5 that no longer suffers from that light bleed B.S. Called Apple support and told them what their Apple flunky….err…..genius told me regarding the “one time replacement of my iPhone”. Have one being shipped as I write this. MAN I HOPE I don’t get another flawed device!

  • Kraken

    This wouldn’t of been a problem if Apple didn’t switch to an inferior scratch-prone backing, as compared to the 4/4S. WTF was Apple thinking?

  • RyanStOnge

    It’s crazy man. So many issues with this iPhone launch.