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[Engadget] Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory strike in reaction to new iPhone 5 quality standards

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Unbox that shiny new iPhone 5 only to find it marred with scratches and blemishes? Good news: Apple is asking Foxconn to adhere to stricter quality demands for its flagship handset. Not so great news: workers at the firm's Zhengzhou factory are striking over the demands. According to China Labor Watch, three to four thousand workers stepped off the production line to protest the new standards, which only allow for a 0.02mm appearance defect. "it's tough under such stringent quality requirements," writes Sina Weibo user and Foxconn employee Yefudao. "A 0.02mm appearance defect is already beyond that of our vision. With such a demanding task, worker mental pressure becomes so immense that they have to vent it."

China Labor Watch reports that the issue stems not only from the higher quality demands, but the fact that workers are being asked to meet them without receiving the training necessary to do so. The situation hasn't broken out into a riot, but a dispute between line workers and quality control inspectors reportedly sparked a fight that led to property damage, injury and some hospitalization. Production lines have temporarily been frozen by management while Foxconn deals with the situation.

Source: Engadget

Tsk tsk tsk... Apple taking the hard route into "fixing" their problem.
post #2 of 78
More stringent quality control = good.

Not properly training workers and giving them appropriate pay increases corresponding to the increased load = bad.
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I thought it wasn't a problem? I remember that article saying it was to be expected...

Apple was most definitely not ready for the Iphone 5 to launch.
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More stringent quality control = good.
Not properly training workers and giving them appropriate pay increases corresponding to the increased load = bad.
A company doesn't have the rights to be any more "stringent" with how they treat their workers especially with child labor and all the other Apple-related factories in China.

Nevertheless, Apple is a competent company to resolve the iPhone problem rather than telling their workers to "do a better job."
iPhone 5 is obviously rushed to the market due to the pressure from Android. iOS6 maps, camera problems, chirping, etc etc.
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Apple cracking a little under the pressure? Interesting...thinking.gif
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Apple cracking a little under the pressure? Interesting...thinking.gif
Not Apple, the edges of the iPhone 5
     
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Apple cracking a little under the pressure? Interesting...thinking.gif

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Not Apple, the edges of the iPhone 5

That is too funny.
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Not Apple, the edges of the iPhone 5

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...man. thumb.gif
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Not Apple, the edges of the iPhone 5

I see what you did there. wink.gifthumb.gif
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Apple wants those kind of standards. Then start having bots to do the work. Those cheap bastards sitting on BILLIONS and they cant pay those people more?
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