While Apple is able to ship some of the best tech products, they come at a very real price. And this price may not be just the money with which you have to pay for it. One of Apple’s major manufacturers, Foxconn, has been criticized in the past for not providing adequately fair working conditions its workers.
Foxconn has tried, over time, to respond to this criticism by improving its work conditions significantly. However, it seems that the sheer pressure of furnishing enough iPhone 5 units is taking the heat, yet again, to the workers at Foxconn facilities who have now gone on strike.
The chief reason for the strike, according to China Labor Watch, is that the workers have been asked to improve on the quality of the products they assemble. According to it, “It was reported that factory management and Apple, despite design defects, raised strict quality demands on workers, including indentations standards of 0.02mm and demands related to scratches on frames and back covers.”
As a result of these renewed quality standards which Foxconn administration is trying to enact, the workers have gone on strike which may further strangle a steady supply of iPhone 5 units. Due to the strike, the productions lines ‘are in a state of paralysis.’