Riot at Foxconn factory in China blamed on harsh security guards

Sunday's riot targeted Foxconn security guards, according to workers

By , IDG News Service |  Data Center

"People come here because they can't find other work, and the pay here is not bad," said a 21-year-old Foxconn worker, surname Luo, who came to the factory after finishing college with nothing else to do. Luo now helps install microphones in iPhones.

Workers interviewed, however, seemed to be unanimous in their negative opinions of Foxconn's security guards. They allege the security guards will sometimes bully or berate employees for not following proper procedures. This can include smoking in non-smoking areas, forgetting to bring an ID card to pass the security checkpoint, or bringing friends onto the employee-only campus.

Foxconn did not respond to a request for comment on the alleged mistreatment of workers by security guards.

Despite the damage from Sunday's unrest, workers said there appeared to be no consequences for employees. A 23-year-old worker, who declined to give his name, noted that the security guards at the facility have been treating workers with more respect now.

"The attitudes of the security guards have improved," he said. "It's not quite as harsh."

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