The Straits Times
Published on Oct 06, 2012

Foxconn's iPhone plant 'paralysed' as thousands strike


SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Thousands of workers went on strike on Friday at a Foxconn plant in China that makes Apple Inc's iPhone 5, paralysing production of the smartphone, rights advocate China Labour Watch reported.

The reported strike comes at a crucial time for the United States corporation, weeks after kicking off its largest-ever global rollout of the smartphone. Apple is already struggling with supply constraints, analysts say.

Citing workers, the labour group said 3,000 to 4,000 workers began their strike at Foxconn's Zhengzhou complex in the afternoon, incensed by over-exacting quality controls as well as demands they work through the week-long "Golden Week" holidays, which began on Monday.

The strike could not be immediately confirmed. Apple declined to comment and Foxconn was not immediately available for comment.