Two to three thousand Foxconn workers walked off the production line and went on strike because Apple demanded higher product-quality for the iPhone 5.
As reported by Bloomberg, thousands of workers went on strike due to “overly strict” quality standards for the iPhone 5 set by Apple. The standards had been raised to the point where employees had to work through a holiday week. The quality control increase was put in place because iPhone 5 customers complained that the device had imperfections such as scratches on them.
“Foxconn raised overly strict demands on product quality without providing worker training for the corresponding skills,” China Labor Watch said in a statement. “This led to workers turning out products that did not meet standards and ultimately put a tremendous amount of pressure on workers.”
Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5 during its debut weekend, and more would have been sold if it weren’t for supply constraints.
Third party audits of the working conditions at various Foxconn plants have led the manufacturer (as well as its affiliates) to come under heavy fire from workers’ rights organizations. Foxconn has promised that it will begin reducing working hours to the legal limit by July 2013.