Those who know about Chinese history, warfare and martial arts like Kung Fu are well aware of that fact that violence is an integral part of Chinese culture. This past Tuesday, on 5 June 2012, Apple witnessed this at night (according to Chinese time).
Despite Apple’s stated efforts to improve worker conditions at their Foxconn factories in China, worker tension is still high. On Tuesday night, up to a thousand workers rioted in Chengdu for hours over a minor incident.
Taiwan’s WantChinaTimes reported that Chengdu workers prevented a thief from being caught by Foxconn security guards, apparently due to some existing grudge.
The altercation quickly escalated. Soon, up to 1,000 workers were hurling trash bins, chairs, bottles and pots from the upper floor of the dormitory where the unfortunate incident took place. In addition, they fired off fireworks, and destroyed public facilities.
The rioting was only suppressed after several hours by a veritable army of hundreds of police officers. Dozens of workers were arrested.
Foxconn’s Chengdu factory are where Apple’s iPhone and iPad displays are made.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has pledged multiple times to help fix worker conditions in Foxconn factories. However, a recent report says that despite Apple’s pledges, literally nothing has changed. Possibly, the fault lies with Foxconn management which does not care about the blow that Apple’s reputation can suffer if Foxconn gets a bad name. Foxconn has many other clients like Microsoft.
Certainly, if an incident like this could get out of control so quickly, things really do not look good. Foxconn could be a powder keg ready to blow. Apple’s initiative of alleviating worker conditions in China might not just be in their humanitarian interests, but in their best preservational interests as well. More riots like this could potentially paralyze Apple’s global business.
Source: Cult Of Mac