Foxconn China plant closed after clashes

  • Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, which manufactures Apple's iPhones and components for top global electronics companies, shut a plant in northern China on Monday after nearly 2,000 workers staged a riot at a company dormitory.

    It is not yet clear how long the shutdown will last at the plant, which employs some 79,000 people in the Shanxi provincial capital.

    In a statement, Foxconn said the incident escalated from what it described as a personal dispute between employees at around 11pm on Sunday in a privately managed dormitory, and was brought under control by local police at around 3am.

    "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," Foxconn said.

    The disturbance is the latest in a string of incidents at plants run by Foxconn. In recent months, the company has faced allegations of poor working conditions at its operations in China, where it employs a total of about 1 million people.