By Tim Culpan - 2012-09-24T03:32:08Z
Foxconn Technology Group said it decided to close a factory today at Taiyuan in China’s Shanxi province after a fight among workers broke out last night and was brought under control early today.
“We want to give people time to cool down,” Louis Woo, spokesman for Taipei-based Foxconn told Bloomberg News by phone today. The facility employs 79,000 people to make consumer electronics, components, and precision molding for devices including mobile phones, Woo said, declining to confirm whether parts for Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone 5 are made at the facility.
A fight between rival worker groups at a dormitory operated by an outside company broke out at about 11 p.m. last night and escalated to involve as many as 2,000 people before security and policy brought the situation under control by about 3 a.m., Woo said. Some workers were detained by police, he said without giving details.
The fight’s cause was not immediately clear, while Foxconn is assisting a police investigation of the matter, Woo said. Union representatives will be sent to the site today to discuss the situation with workers, he said.
Chairman Terry Gou, who founded the maker of iPhones, Sony Corp. PlayStations and Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) computers in 1974, was briefed on the situation from about 5 a.m. and agreed with management’s decision to shut the factory for the day, Woo said.
Foxconn, whose flagship is Taipei-listed Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., employs more than 1.2 million people globally with most of its workforce in China as well as factories in Brazil, Taiwan, China and Mexico.
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