AAPL Stock: 117.81 ( -0.22 )

Printed from

Workers riot at Foxconn's Chengdu plant

updated 01:24 pm EDT, Wed June 6, 2012

'Dozens' of people arrested during incident

A number of workers at Foxconn's plant in Chengdu, China rioted on Monday night, reports say. The incident allegedly began when security guards attempted to stop a thief, and workers with grudges against the guards interfered. From there the situation grew out of control, until as many as a thousand workers were reportedly throwing bottles, bins, chairs, pots, and fireworks from the upper floors of a male dormitory.

Local police were called in by dorm administrators, and accounts say that "hundreds" of officers eventually showed up. In all the event lasted about two hours, resulting in the arrest of "dozens" of workers.

The Chengdu plant helps supply several Western electronics companies, such as Apple and Microsoft. It's unclear what if any effect the arrests might have on production. The riot may, however, only compound labor problems at Foxconn. The company has been accused of demanding unpaid overtime, imposing "humiliating" discipline, and continuing to keep workers out of genuinely representative unions. This is despite promises by both Apple and Foxconn to improve conditions, following a report from the Fair Labor Association.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If it looks like a duck,

    quacks, and walks like a duck, it could be the place has a prison feeling about it. Please Foxconn. Fix that! Fire up some actually enjoyable entertainment, provide engaging leisure activity unrelated to work, and get some enlightened psychologists to help with conditions. Jeepers! It can't be that hard.

  1. Blairmc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No surprise

    Just using Microsoft product for 5 minutes makes me mad, imagine having to make them 14 hours a day!

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's a relief

    I'm just glad none of them jumped. That's a pretty tall building.

  1. peter02l

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Apple's habit of secrecy is responsible for demanding that Foxconn prevent parts being stolen. It's unconscionable that workers are prevented from stealing at Chinese factories.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    no photo proof

    if that is supposed to be a photo of the incident it is a huge fail. looks more like the typical orderly shift change or such. and it seems to be the only photo of this major incident. sounds more like a major FUD so someone could get some page hits by name dropping Apple into an 'article'

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented