Foxconn Factory In China Shut Down As Thousands Of Workers Riot

Rueters reports on major unrest at the source of the world’s baubles:

About 2,000 Chinese employees of an iPhone assembly company fought a pitched battle into the early hours of Monday, forcing the huge electronics plant where they work to be shut down.

Authorities in the northern city of Taiyuan sent 5,000 police to restore order. On Monday evening, paramilitary police with riot shields, helmets and batons guarded one entrance of the massive factory complex, while an announcement over loudspeakers said there had been a criminal incident the night before and urged people to respect the law.

Employees and people posting messages online accused factory guards of provoking the trouble by beating up workers at the factory, which is owned by the world’s largest contract maker of electronic goods.

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  • PixelBrine

    But all the money we make in the tech field is entirely due to our ingenuity and has nothing to do with millions of poor people worked to the bone in other countries. If I can’t see it in front of me it’s not happening right? If it’s in China it may as well be on Mars. I like the technology, don’t get me wrong. But how much more would an Iphone cost if we made it here in America? In 2010 Apple profit per IPhone was 58% the Chinese labor cost was less than 2% per phone.  Not that Apple does not deserve to make money on the phone they produce but what if that phone was made in America? What if it employed your neighbor or you? What if it cost 5% more? Would it be worth it? I think so. 

  • PixelBrine

    But all the money we make in the tech field is entirely due to our ingenuity and has nothing to do with millions of poor people worked to the bone in other countries. If I can’t see it in front of me it’s not happening right? If it’s in China it may as well be on Mars. I like the technology, don’t get me wrong. But how much more would an Iphone cost if we made it here in America? In 2010 Apple profit per IPhone was 58% the Chinese labor cost was less than 2% per phone.  Not that Apple does not deserve to make money on the phone they produce but what if that phone was made in America? What if it employed your neighbor or you? What if it cost 5% more? Would it be worth it? I think so. 

    • Anarchy Pony

      And you inch closer to the realization that the point is not to actually make useful products, the point is to make money. That’s why it’s made by slave labor, that’s why there is a new version every year.

    • Anarchy Pony

      And you inch closer to the realization that the point is not to actually make useful products, the point is to make money. That’s why it’s made by slave labor, that’s why there is a new version every year.

      • Infvocuernos

         And its no coincidence that this little riot occurred after the latest release.  Just another sign of the rampant consumerism that’s bringing the US down like a rocketship to Hell.   

      • Infvocuernos

         And its no coincidence that this little riot occurred after the latest release.  Just another sign of the rampant consumerism that’s bringing the US down like a rocketship to Hell.   

  • Haystack

    This is why Apple should switch to an American firm, where the workers are too meek to protest their working conditions. 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    for a second
    several iAge professionals paused with iPhone in hand
    & tweeted and retweeted this story while sipping a Starbucks Venti Latte w/skim-milk
    and wondered if their particular choice of phones had anything to do with this
    but then some FB notices came in & that thought disappeared

    Sent from my iPhone via Twitter

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    for a second
    several iAge professionals paused with iPhone in hand
    & tweeted and retweeted this story while sipping a Starbucks Venti Latte w/skim-milk
    and wondered if their particular choice of phones had anything to do with this
    but then some FB notices came in & that thought disappeared

    Sent from my iPhone via Twitter