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40 injured in fight at China Foxconn plant

Published On: Tue, Sep 25th, 2012 | Tech Business | By IANS

Forty people were injured in China’s Foxconn plant, the world’s largest maker of computer parts
, when a fight broke out among the workers, officials said Monday.

The clashes erupted at 11 p.m. Sunday in a dormitory area of the plant. Three of the injured were in critical condition, China Daily reported.

The fight drew some 10,000 spectators, triggering chaos. The situation could only be brought under control Monday after about 5,000 policemen were deployed.

The plant is located in Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province.

“A personal dispute between several employees escalated into an incident involving some 2,000 workers in a dormitory,” the Daily Mail quoted the company as saying.

The workers from Shandong and Henan provinces fought with each other, an official said, adding that the plant’s production work was not affected.

Foxconn, owned by a Taiwanese business group, is one of China’s biggest employers, with some 1.2 million workers in the country, including over 70,000 at the Taiyuan plant.

The company makes iPhones and iPads for Apple and also assembles products for Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.

It faced criticism of harsh working conditions two years ago after a string of suicides by its workers.

This is the second time in the last six months that the site has seen workers unrest. In March workers went on strike after they did not receive a promised pay rise.

Apple hired an auditor who found Foxconn employees were regularly required to work over 60 hours a week. The company raised minimum pay and promised to limit hours.

Taiyuan plant produces 57 million iPhones every year, according to the Mail.

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