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FOXCONN WORKERS BUILDING IPHONE 5 STRIKE IN CHINA AND HAVE NOT BEEN KILLED YET
October 7 2012
Zhengzhou, China – The last thing any company wants is a strike, especially when they are in the midst of their most successful period, even more so when the strike is directly affecting their most popular product and the thing powering them to success. That, though, is what Apple is facing right now.
Workers at a Foxconn facility in China, the facility that produces the iPhone 5, have walked off the job protesting conditions related to manufacturing the extremely popular phone. At least three thousand workers have left work, leaving the production of the phone up in the air for now and possibly disrupting supply chains.
Trouble at the Foxconn facilities are of course nothing new. Over the last few years the company, which also produce products for Sony, Nintendo, and other major electronics companies, has been racked with suicides and stories of worker abuse including long hours and people bleeding from their eyes. Inevitably, though, the issues always come back to Apple which is currently the most valuable company on the planet and could end up causing even more trouble for them in the future, especially if they can’t get the workers back on the job or just shoot them or something.
“Foxconn raised overly strict demands on product quality without providing worker training for the corresponding skills. This led to workers turning out products that did not meet standards, and ultimately put a tremendous amount of pressure on workers,” said China Labour watch in a statement. “Additionally, quality control inspectors fell into to conflicts with workers and were beaten up multiple times by workers. Factory management turned a deaf ear to complaints about these conflicts and took no corrective measures.”
It’s not clear what pressure Apple has put on Foxconn to increase output but they will likely downplay it either way.
Most retailers are unable to keep the iPhone 5 in stock.
“Clearly something has to be done about the situation with Foxconn or it will end up hurting everyone involved, especially the workers though of course they are only marginally human and may not actually feel pain like the rest of us do so in that respect they might be safe,” said Scrape TV Technology analyst Ken Kevins. “Apple of course has to most to lose because these people just aren’t producing more phones. They need those phones to keep their market cap up and keep making investors money and these people keep thinking they have rights. I don’t understand why they don’t just shoot them all and be done with it.”
It’s believed pretty likely that a mass shooting would scare a lot of the other workers back to work.
“I mean you don’t need to all three or four thousand of the workers, just like five hundred or so. That will scare the rest of them and get production back online. You can easily replace them as well because China has a ton of people. Heck, you can always get students as well, They love working students,” continued Kevins. “My point is you need to get production going again and you have to do whatever it takes to make that happen. If that means a massive loss of life then that’s what it means. What’s important is that people get back to work making phones for Westerners and any other consideration is secondary.”
Chinese military authorities are apparently ready to deploy at any time.
Martin Philton, Technology Correspondent