Foxconn denies worker unrest slows iPhone assembly


Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 11:34 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A company that owns a plant in China that makes Apple's iPhones is denying that production was affected there.

But both state media and an overseas labor watch group say some workers stopped production lines there yesterday, apparently in a dispute over higher quality control standards.

China Labor Watch, based in New York, says as many as 4,000 workers at the Foxconn plant went on strike over the quality demands and the requirement that they work during an extended national holiday.

But in a statement, Foxconn -- an electronics manufacturer based in Taiwan -- says production continued without interruption.

It says there were two isolated, small scale disputes earlier in the week, but they were quickly addressed.

The company also says workers who were on the job over the holiday had volunteered to work, and were being paid three times their normal pay.

China's state news agency says some workers were unhappy when Apple strengthened quality inspections of the iPhone 5 following customer complaints of aesthetic flaws in the phones.

Labor activists have said the rollout of the iPhone 5 has led to longer working hours and more pressure on workers.

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APPHOTO NY109: FILE - In this file photo taken on May 22, 2010, visitors to a job fair walk past the Foxconn recruitment area in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province. The New York-based China Labor Watch has reported that 3,000 to 4,000 workers at the factory in Zhengzhou city went on strike Friday Oct. 5, 2012 over increased quality control demands and having to work during an extended national holiday. Foxconn Technology Group said Saturday that production at its central Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones was continuing without interruption, denying a labor watch group's report that thousands of workers at the plant had gone on strike. (AP Photo, File) CHINA OUT (22 May 2010)

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