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    Default Foxconn Acknowledges Last Week's Factory Disputes, Denies Workers on Strike



    Today Foxconn confirmed reports of two separate workplace disputes that surfaced over the weekend.

    The disputes in question occurred between factory line workers and quality assurance personnel on October 1 and 2 at the company’s Zhengzhou plant. Reports last week claimed that thousands of workers had started a work-stoppage in response to the incidents. However, Foxconn claims that is not the case.

    "There has been no workplace stoppage in that facility or any other Foxconn facility and production has continued on schedule." — Foxconn
    The latest incidents come on the heels of a riot on August 24 involving some 2,000 employees after a guard struck a worker. LAst week's incidents were reportedly the reverse, with frustrated factory line workers assaulting overly demanding quality assurance personnel. Foxconn’s denial of a work stoppage goes against human rights watchdog China Labor Watch’s claims that 3,000 to 4,000 workers at the Zhengzhou pant went on strike as a result last week’s incidents.

    Expect more information on the current state of Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant to leak out in the coming week, especially if the work stoppage becomes enough to affect iPhone production.

    Source: WSJ [via CNET]

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    This is obviously the reason the iPhone 5 has so many problems. I mean I understand why they have the jobs there but still let's not let a beloved product drop to the simple "Made In China" sticker

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    Quote Originally Posted by dustin942000 View Post
    This is obviously the reason the iPhone 5 has so many problems. I mean I understand why they have the jobs there but still let's not let a beloved product drop to the simple "Made In China" sticker
    Obviously? I wouldn't be so quick to make a statement like that unless you work somewhere on the production line on the Foxconn or Apple side...I do agree that it would be nice to drop the "Assembled in China" text. For the record, I havent had any issues with my 5 (yet at least) and I picked it up opening day. The camera thing is really the only hardware problem I heard of...except for some scratching issues. In any case, they have all been addressed by Apple and seem legitimate. Software problems exist with Maps (as far as I know).

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    Quote Originally Posted by redline11786 View Post
    Obviously? I wouldn't be so quick to make a statement like that unless you work somewhere on the production line on the Foxconn or Apple side...I do agree that it would be nice to drop the "Assembled in China" text. For the record, I havent had any issues with my 5 (yet at least) and I picked it up opening day. The camera thing is really the only hardware problem I heard of...except for some scratching issues. In any case, they have all been addressed by Apple and seem legitimate. Software problems exist with Maps (as far as I know).
    Don't be so quick to jump on my post. I don't recall there being any Foxconn strikes before my iPhone 4S was delivered to me on its release date. You may not have any problems with yours but I can see that many others are. They may be few an far in between but anything initially wrong with the 4S was simply a software glitch and was then fixed. So I believe that manufacturing has a lot more to do with this scratched 5's then people believe. I don't even have a problem with the new Maps app, I think it is cooler honestly

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