Workers inspect motherboards on a factory line at the Foxconn plant in Shenzen on May 26, 2010. The Taiwanese boss of Apple manufacturer Foxconn headed to a sprawling factory in southern China where a spate of worker suicides have stoked anger about labour conditions. Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai Precision, flew into the booming city of Shenzhen aboard his private jet with travelling Taiwanese reporters, urging the media to see the factory for themselves. AFP PHOTO / VOISHMEL (Photo credit should read VOISHMEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: VOISHMEL/2010 AFP
Two weeks ago, Foxconn factory workers in the Chinese city of Taiyuan rioted just as Apple’s iPhone 5 hit the assembly line. Now, nearly 4,000 employees of a Foxconn in Zhengzhou are striking. Two Chinese news sources cited by the AP say that workers are upset over Apple’s decision to increase quality standards following some customer complaints — unrealistic standards, an undercover reporter for the Shanghai Morning Post recently found. Foxconn, for its part, counters that production has not been affected.