Production at Foxconn’s Taiyuan factory was suddenly halted last night, as an employee riot broke out. Around 11 p.m., a guard allegedly struck a worker, causing an uproar that didn’t get under control until 3 a.m.
The riot involved approximately 2,000 of Foxconn’s 79,000 employees, and shut the factory down for a day as 40 people were brought to the hospital and several others were arrested.
Foxconn did not comment on the reason behind the riot, and referred to it only as a dispute. “The cause of this dispute is under investigation by local authorities and we are working closely with them in this process, but it appears not to have been work related,” the company said.
This is not the first time that Foxconn’s been in some hot water. The company has been frequently criticized for the working conditions within the factory, and last year, an explosion at the Chengdu plant left three employees dead.
The incident was confined to the employee dormitory and did not damage manufacturing equipment, so production at the Taiyuan Foxconn factory is expected to resume tomorrow.