Foxconn Technology factory closes after brawl amongst workers

24 Sep 2012

Foxconn Technology Group, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of consumer electronics, including for Apple, has been forced to shut down a plant in Taiyuan, northern China, for a time, after an incident involving as many as 2,000 employees broke out on Sunday night.

The Taiyuan plant employs around 79,000 workers and apparently a fight broke out in a dormitory in the factory involving up to 2,000 employees and injuring around 40 people who were reportedly sent to hospital for treatment.

“The fight is over now … we’re still investigating the cause of the fight and the number of workers involved,” said Foxconn spokesperson Louis Woo, according to The Economic Times.

The Xinhua News Agency has indicated that 5,000 officers were sent to the scene. The company said it would be suspending work and re-opening on Tuesday.

Foxconn itself assembles components for Apple iPhones and iPads, while the company also assembles products for Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

In January of this year, the company was also involved in more controversy when workers at Foxconn’s technology park in Wuhan, China, reportedly threatened to commit mass suicide to protest working conditions.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic