原文标题：Strike paralyses iPhone5 components firm in China
BEIJING: Thousands of workers have gone on strike at a Foxconn plant in China making components for Apple's iPhone 5, a labour rights group said Saturday.
It is the latest unrest to hit the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant, whose factories in China have been beset by a string of worker suicides in recent years, and follows a massive brawl at one facility last month.
The stoppage at the plant in Zhengzhou, in central China, happened on Friday after the company increased product quality levels and demanded workers work through a national holiday, New York-based China Labour Watch said.
"This strike is a result of the fact that these workers just have too much pressure," China Labour Watch director Li Qiang said in a statement.
"According to workers, multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of paralysis for the entire day," the statement said.
Between 3,000 and 4,000 employees participated in the strike, it said. It was not immediately clear how many people work at the plant.
Officials at the factory were not immediately available for comment, nor were spokesmen for Foxconn's Taiwanese parent company Hon Hai or Apple's China-based public relations officials.
Foxconn is the world's largest maker of computer components and assembles products for Apple, Sony, Intel and Nokia, among others.
Its vast plants in China employ up to 1.1 million workers, with nearly half of them at a sprawling complex in Shenzhen, in the south of the country.
Last month, around 5,000 police were deployed to control a huge brawl among workers at a Foxconn plant in the northern city of Taiyuan, where 79,000 people make items including electronic components for automobiles and consumer products.
In 2010, at least 13 Foxconn employees in China died in apparent suicides, which activists blamed on tough working conditions, prompting calls for better treatment of staff.
Dinesh Prabhakar (delhi)
What will happen to massive bookings made by Apple lovers? Will Apple be able to take care and deliver on time!
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swamivas (Hong Kong) replies to Dinesh Prabhakar
PULSE OF INDIA! YOU SHORT-SIGHTED Dinesh Prabhakar, there is no future for Apple without Foxconn!
gp (HYD) replies to swamivas
You apple lover's go to hell. I think in India also we should have labour Law's and take care of issues related to labours. With these FDI and increased India's service sector , i am sure will here more suicides from India as well in near future.
swamivas (Hong Kong) replies to gp
PULSE OF INDIA: RIGHTLY VIEWED - the moment FDI in retail materialises, we could anticipate such scenarios in the country!
breaking NEWS (for the people) replies to swamivas
all these are publicity stunts by apple
William DSouza. (Mangalore)
This strike is a result of the fact that these workers just have too much pressure," China Labour Watch director Li Qiang said in a statement. Truely, too much stress and pressure of work might lead to disaster...
Harsh Bardhan (New Delhi)
Another strategy of China to showing power to U.S.A.
Adrish Banerjee (Malibu Beach)
Among the few remaining Chinese companies that treat work force like slave labor. Hope they change. My factories we use 3rd party inspection for quality and labor standard.
It's funny that Chinese labor department making such comments. Is this the same country where child labor is a common phenomena and no respect to basic human rights. Looks like its a politically motivated strike to slow down the global distribution of apple iPhone 5.
Tractorofviraat (Delhi) replies to MS
child labor is in south asia only
It is not the first time and not going to be the last time. Foxconn always trouble for their employees.
swamivas (Hong Kong) replies to Harsh Bardhan
PULSE OF INDIA: HOLD BACK, how many companies are there of Foxconn size in India providing jobs to over 1 million people? Why was there trouble at a Maruti plant? What is happening at Kingfisher? Are children in Sivakasi fireworks factories well taken care of - apart from the basic fact they are illegaly employed? Do you want more examples?
Does human rights commission exists in china
sandybaba (babadom) replies to Tractorofviraat 18 hrs ago
it doesn't exit in india as well. india's labor conditions are worse. its crony capitalism everywhere
apple & foxconn is taking big risk by depending only on china - why foxconn also does not have a munufaturing base in taiwan - No doubt labour charges higher but $10-25 higher cost of iphone will make no difference
Tractorofviraat (Delhi) replies to KC and Jojo
why foxconn also does not have a munufaturing base in America - No doubt labour charges higher but $100-250 higher cost of iphone will make no difference
swamivas (Hong Kong) replies to swamivas
PULSE OF INDIA: IT IS A TAIWAN-BASED COMPANY NOT CHINESE, and should labour crisis deepens the operations may be moved elsewhere!
Amitabh Poddar (Calcutta, India)
Chinese labour policy is one of the most oppressive in the world and still all the western giants, who vouch for human rights and equal opportunity and decent wages and working conditions invest in China, just for the greed of cheap labour and cost of production. Double standards at the best.
S Datta (San Diego) replies to S Datta
@Amitabh you comment without knowing facts or the labour laws in China. Most foreign buyers that buy from Chinese factories do not break any labour laws.Foreign invested cos strictly follow labour laws otherwise they face heavy penalties.However local chinese cos easily get away with it as they know how to get around.But it is a known fact that working conditions of the labour is very bad.
For your information most big cos in USA such as Walmart etc following an internal voluntary code of compliance (CoC). This means that they ask every supplier to ensure that they follow Minimum wages as per law, there is no Child Labour, Canteen facilities, fire and safety, Insurance for employees etc.ZThey do noy buy unless these Complied with. They are thus indirectly raising the bar of the labour in China and it is not just the greed as you have pointed out.
KC and Jojo (United States) replies to swamivas
It is a shame of the West. Unfortunately we don't think with one head. We have many. The corporations is a different head, than the human rights activists, than the government officials, and so on. But we should truly fix this. Problem is in a free market system, price is king. China has exploited that system to ensure their prices will always be the lowest, through currency tricks and horrible labor conditions. Since it doesn't break US law it is "acceptable", though I find it revolting.
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the shenzen factory, almost employing around 3-4 lakhs (or 5lakhs or more) is kind of city... just think of the factory where 5 lakh people work.... such huge scale of operations....only possible in china.... and tht's why almost all electronic products and their parts are manufactured and assembled in china.... of course there is the bad side..... out of the 5 lakh emps, if 1k or 2k people dies, no one wil notice or care.... and there is no book or record showing the exact number of employees working there..... all big electronics companies' products are assembled here.... it's not only apple, or samsung, all mobile, tv, camera, laptop and all kinds of electronics companies' base is foxconn....
KC and Jojo (United States)
This is how China not only drains jobs from the West, but keeps its competitors in the developing world from getting these factory jobs. By making the conditions so miserable that the competition is nil. There is also their currency pegging, which automatically makes things several times cheaper, and their subsidies, and so on. But this is just part of China's strategy to make sure no one else gets the jobs but them. I wish that US businesses had the foresight to move these operations to other countries, countries like India in fact. Where the cost could be low but people could benefit from wages that increase steadily in balance with the global economy, instead of being kept artificially low by a communist government bent on monopolizing the labor markets. But that would require the profit incentive to leave China. The US should be tariffing China to eliminate their artificial, government cheating profit incentives.
swamivas (Hong Kong) replies to swamivas
PULSE OF INDIA: WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, you are totally WRONG KC and Jojo from US! You should ask Apple and other gadget makers in the States why they can't get the job done within US and you will get the right answer!
S Datta (San Diego) replies to satheeshj79
@Swamivas you live in HK you should know better and comment rationally. Foxconn boss is like a king in China held in awe and high esteem by Chinese Govt officials and given a treatment accorded to a VIP because he generates huge employment, tax, and export earnings for them.They support him to the hilt irrespective of any labour issues. US companies are very smart, they use China labour laws that the govt supports to benefit US cos in huge profits. Why blame them ? You will also find no big US company sets up big manufacturing bases in China but uses contract factories to extract the maximum benefit as it keeps them away from any undue publicity.China does all the dirty work for the world with the connivance of the govt which you call factory of the World.
KC and Jojo
What are you talking about? The key consideration is price. Phones used to be made in many other places than China. Before China made electronics it was made in Malaysia. It's nothing about anything but price. Yes China's only advantage is price, which is manipulated. With any luck the factories will leave China after the US issues tariffs on Chinese made goods, because of the government cheating involved to lower the price. You sound Chinese, I hope you get angry at what I said.