The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

Foxconn shuts China plant after 2,000-strong brawl


TAIPEI (AFP) - Electronics supplier Foxconn, which makes products for Apple and other tech firms, shut a factory in northern China on Monday following a brawl involving some 2,000 workers, officials said.

Around 40 people were injured in the incident at around 11pm on Sunday in a privately-managed dormitory for Foxconn workers at a factory in Taiyuan in northern Shanxi province, its parent company Hon Hai said in a statement. "The facility was closed today, just today, in order for an investigation. It will be reopened tomorrow," Hon Hai spokesman Simon Hsing told AFP.

According to the statement, the incident started "as a personal dispute between several employees" and that local police brought the situation under control at around 3am on Monday morning.

"The cause of this dispute is under investigation by local authorities and we are working closely with them in this process, but it appears not to have been work-related," it said.