Foxconn issued a denial of a worker strike at one of its factories that produces the iPhone 5 despite reports over the last several days that said workers were striking over new worker standards and longer hours without adequate pay.
According to Reuters, Foxconn said production is on schedule. The Taiwanese company issued this statement: “Any reports that there has been an employee strike are inaccurate. [...] There has been no workplace stoppage in that facility or any other Foxconn facility and production has continued on schedule”.
Furthermore, Foxconn claims those workers who decided on their own to work on the National Holiday were paid three times their normal compensation, as per the requirements of the law.
The reported strike by the Chinese workers were because of new stringent iPhone 5 standards and over inadequate pay. Apple reportedly was not happy with new iPhone 5s coming out of China with scratches and blemishes. According to China Labor Watch, three to four thousand workers stepped off the production line to protest the new standards, which only allow for a 0.02mm appearance defect.
"It's tough under such stringent quality requirements," writes Sina Weibo user and Foxconn employee Yefudao. "A 0.02mm appearance defect is already beyond that of our vision. With such a demanding task, workers' mental pressure becomes so immense that they have to vent it out."
This latest labor unrest at Foxconn has not turned violent unlike last month’s riot at another Foxconn factory. But if it does, it would be hard for Foxconn to deny a new round of labor strife at its factories.
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