More riots at Foxconn factory

2000 workers involved in latest incident at electronics manufacturer

One of Foxconn's largest factories in China was closed yesterday as police moved in to break up a riot involving 2000 workers.

The company, which employs over 1.1 million people in China and works for electronics giants such as Apple, Nintendo and Microsoft, has been under increasing pressure to improve worker conditions in the region following suicides and allegations of poor working conditions.

According to the BBC, 40 people have been hurt during the disturbance in Taiyuan, central China, which follows rioting in June at the company's Chengdu plant.

According to the NY Times a strike took place at the site in March, with the China Labor Bulletin suggesting workers are becoming increasingly aware of their rights and encouraged to stand up for injustice.

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Meelad Sadat [a]list daily editorial director, Ayzenberg Group5 years ago
They forced them to wear that shirt. But they couldn't force them to smile.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
Of course, walk into an Apple store and mention this and they'd probably say that it wasn't a "riot" - it was a really big employee party celebrating the iPhone 5 launch that got a little out of hand.

@Meelad: I think they have to pay them more to smile and the factory probably already docked that pay for printing those shirts, so they wouldn't smile anyway if they were given that extra cash.
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