Apple supplier halts production unit in China after clash among workers

Monday, September 24, 2012
Beijing: Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, the company that makes Apple's iPhones, has suspended production at a factory in northern China on Monday after a brawl that involved as many as 2,000 workers and left about 40 people injured.

The clash erupted late Sunday in a privately-managed dormitory for Foxconn employees who work at the company's factory in Taiyuan.  

Reportedly, 5,000 police officers were dispatched to the dormitory and brought the chaos under control early Monday.

Foxconn says the incident appears to have started as a personal dispute and does not appear to be work related.

The Taiyuan plant employs 79,000 workers and manufactures automobile electronic components, consumer electronic components, and precision moldings.

Foxconn, owned by Taiwan's Hon Hai, is the world's largest contract maker of electronic goods and employs about one million workers in factories across China.  

The company has faced scrutiny over complaints about its wages and working conditions.
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