When you work on as large a scale as technology manufacturer Foxconn, things have a tendency to go big. Robots are ordered in the millions, workers threaten suicide by the hundreds, and apparently personal disputes involve thousands of people. More than 2000 workers rioted at a Foxconn factory in Taiyuan, China, after a personal dispute between groups of workers got really out of control really fast. Over 40 people were sent to the hospital as a result of the brawl, and it took cops hours to get the situation under control. Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant employs 79,000 people.
Amazingly, as a result of the damage done by the brawl, Foxconn will close the plant for the day today, with production to resume on Tuesday. Then again, the company reacts fast despite its size. While it took a long time for Foxconn to clamp down on its suicide problem and various worker rights abuses, the company has apparently made big strides in creating a more worker-friendly environment, enforcing breaks, and making sure emergency equipment functions.
Now, how do you solve a problem like thousands of workers fighting among themselves? Maybe mediators? Some sort of worker council? Thunderdome? I honestly have no idea.
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