The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

iPhone 5 Dents:
Workers Strike over Work Conditions

Oct 15, 2012

Last week, thousands of factory workers at Foxconn’s Zhenghou plant went on strike to protest their work conditions on the iPhone 5’s production lines.

Foxconn is the largest electronics contract manufacturer in the world, manufacturing more than 40% of the gadgets pushed by Apple.

Apple’s new phone has a thin and lighter aluminum casing, which looks “very cool,” but is prone to dents and scratches during its production. Instead of solving this problem by redesigning its phone, “geniuses” at Apple pushed workers to perform under impossibly strict manufacturing tolerances. And, to meet the high demand for iPhone5, workers were forced to work longer hours, with no days off and no vacation.

The workers responded to such inhuman work conditions by stopping the work.

Apple’s gadgets may be very “cool” and “smart”.

Now, Foxconn workers demand that their work conditions should also be very cool and smart.