Foxconn suffers unrest at iPhone factory

Foxconn, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer that makes products for Apple, has been hit by a second bout of labour unrest in less than two weeks as one of its largest factories in China is hurrying to churn out the latest iPhone. More than 200 quality control employees at the plant in Zhengzhou, a central Chinese city, refused to work on Friday in protest over their high-pressure work conditions, the company said on Sunday. Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer by revenue, said large numbers of production-line workers had resisted strict quality requirements introduced in connection with production of the iPhone 5. Some quality control staff told the FT that they had been threatened by workers.

Some workers said one quality controller had been beaten, but that could not be confirmed. The Zhengzhou plant is one of two Foxconn factories in the country that makes the iPhone 5. Foxconn has not officially commented on the size of its workforce there, but human resources officials at the plant said it now employs close to 200,000 workers.

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