Chinese Apple supplier Foxconn resumes work after strike over 'stricter iPhone5 quality' demands
A Foxconn plant in central China's Henan Province has resumed production following a dispute between workers and the plant over stricter quality inspections for the iPhone 5, authorities said Saturday.
A spokesman with the management committee of the Xinzheng Comprehensive Bonded Area in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, where the plant is located, said workers had persuaded quality inspectors to skip work on Friday to show their dissatisfaction over the new inspection standards and that led to some production lines to stop work.
The instruction to strengthen quality inspections of the iPhone 5 was given by Apple Inc. following multiple complaints from customers regarding aesthetic flaws in the phone, he said.
Earlier media reports said 3,000 to 4,000 workers went on strike at the plant, citing an overseas labor watch website.
The spokesman denied the incident was a strike, saying it was only a dispute between workers and the plant.
Some workers said the new inspection standards are too rigorous, thus causing dispute between them and the plant, said the spokesman.
Officials from the committee who went to the plant to mediate the dispute said not many workers were involved in the incident, but could not provide a specific number, the spokesman said.
The plant's managers were not immediately available for comment.
Foxconn is the world's largest maker of computer components and a major supplier for Apple Inc. The company currently has about 1 million employees on the Chinese mainland, including more than 100,000 at the Zhengzhou plant.