Foxconn, a major Apple supplier, denied that around 3,000 to 4,000 workers at a Zhengzhou, China based company walked off the job as they are producing iPhone 5 components.
This report was sent out by China Labor Watch, a labor grouped based in New York. The labor group mentioned that the workers walked off because the quality control demands become stricter and they weren’t allowed to take the week off for the region’s National Day.
China Labor Group said,
“Foxconn raised overly-strict demands on product quality without providing worker training for the corresponding skills. This led to workers turning out products that did not meet standards, and ultimately put a tremendous amount of pressure on workers.”
According to LiQiang, executive director of the labor group, “this strike is a result of the fact that these workers just have to much pressure.”
Furthermore, there were alleged altercations between QC inspectors and production workers, which were ignored by factory management according to the labor group. The massive strike was said to have paralyzed many production lines in the factory.
These allegations were refuted by Foxconn Technology Group, however, they pointed out that indeed there were strikes, albeit small and short-lived ones, during October 1-2.
Foxconn also confirmed the brawls, although these were “isolated incidents and were immediately addressed.” Furthermore, the company said that indeed there were workers who worked during the National Holiday, but they volunteered to do so, and were paid three times the hourly pay.