A dorm for Foxconn workers in Chengdu, the site of a clash between workers and security guards on Monday. (Internet photo)
Hundreds of Foxconn employees living in a dormitory at the company's plant in Chengdu in southwestern China clashed with security staff on Monday evening, reportedly taking advantage of a minor disturbance to address prior grievances.
The world's largest electronic contract manufacturer called in the police to calm down the crowd and dozens of those who took part in the disturbance were arrested, according to Molihua, a news website advocating democracy and human rights in China.
The clash broke out at a male dormitory for Foxconn workers in Kaoxinxi district in northwest Chengdu. When two security guards called out to stop a thief, some employees with grudges against the security officers took the chance to hinder them and forced them away.
The situation quickly escalated out of control with up to one thousand workers joining the fray, throwing trash bins, chairs, pots, bottles and fireworks from the upper floors of the bulding to the ground and destroying public facilities.
The dorm administrators reported the case to the local public security bureau, bringing hundreds of police officers to suppress the riot, which ended after two hours.
Foxconn's Chengdu plant in Sichuan province mainly produces liquid crystal displays for electronic products such as Apple's iPhone. An explosion at the factory in May last year killed two workers and injured 16 others.
Ramona posted this link in another forum thread:
Suggests there's two different stories going around, one makes the riot seem a lot smaller, and less work-related than the other.
Then there's also the Guardian article, which only mentions the restaurant/100 people version:
I guess it's also possible there were two separate incidents on the same day.
Another riot over a guard beating up a worker!
It seemed the factory seemed to have halted production too. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19697344
As Foxconn employees returned to work at the company’s Taiyuan plant after the massive riot early Monday morning that made international headlines, the online discussion about the causes of the disturbance and what to do next continued.
Photographs and video uploaded to the Internet showed upturned police cars, fences demolished, bikes set on fire and dormitory windows smashed, and many reports claimed that shops inside the complex were broken into. Several thousand armed police were called in to restore order and Foxconn said that some 40 individuals were taken to hospital for treatment.
Although the official version of events from Foxconn attributed the violence to a dispute between workers from different provinces, many workers present at the time were certain the violence erupted after a security guard abused a female employee.
One worker told the Associated Press, “Foxconn, some supervisors, and security guards never respect us. We all have this anger toward them and they (the workers) wanted to destroy things to release this anger.”
Workers’ sentiment on China’s online forums was divided, some angry, some joyful. Workers were eager to post photos and make comments on the events. And some workers from other Foxconn plants in Henan, Shandong, and Shenzhen posted letters praising the Taiyuan workers for their courage to start a riot.
Report and pre-riot interviews with foxconn workers below, the latter two are much more voyeuristic, but still worth reading imo:
Report, video and photographs of the Foxconn Taiyuan riot here:
(New York) China Labor Watch (CLW) announced that at 1:00PM on October 5 (Beijing time), a strike occurred at Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory that, according to workers, involved three to four thousand production workers. In addition to demanding that workers work during the holiday, Foxconn raised overly strict demands on product quality without providing worker training for the corresponding skills. This led to workers turning out products that did not meet standards and ultimately put a tremendous amount of pressure on workers. Additionally, quality control inspectors fell into to conflicts with workers and were beat up multiple times by workers. Factory management turned a deaf ear to complaints about these conflicts and took no corrective measures. The result of both of these circumstances was a widespread work stoppage on the factory floor among workers and inspectors...