One of Apple’s iPhone 5 manufacturers, Foxconn, reportedly closed a factory temporarily after about 2,000 workers rioted. The company said that the uprising was a result of a worker disagreement in the firm’s dorms, Ars Technica said, although there were also reports that the uprising was between workers and Foxconn’s own security officials.
According to reports on Sina Weibo, often referred to as China’s version of Twitter, the workers rebelled after Foxconn security beat a worker so badly he or she was near death. “The plant is closed today for investigation,” a Foxconn employee told Reuters, which published images of shattered glass and police trucks. “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.”
The Fair Labor Association investigated claims of poor working conditions in the factories back in February, when it found there were “tons of issues” and that employees were working excessive overtime. Apple responded to the reports and said it would help Foxconn pay to improve the factories and implement stricter management policies in its supply chain.