Foxconn has confirmed that a large fight broke out last week at one of its Chinese campuses, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The brawl attracted between 300 and 400 workers, and injured at least 11.

The outlet says that the fight between two different groups initially broke out last Thursday after workers gathered to celebrate China’s Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, and saw workers wielding steel bars, batons and machetes…

The Journal’s Paul Mozur reports:

“The rapid escalation from a single dispute to a larger-scale confrontation shows the challenges faced by Foxconn as it seeks to manage hundreds of thousands of young workers. Labor activists argue that such quick escalations show the pressure many workers, who travel far from home to work long hours, are under at Foxconn plants. Others say that it is in part the result of the strict, military-style management of Foxconn’s facilities.

Managing such pressure at large production facilities presents a challenge for Foxconn, which has been under the microscope since a spate of suicides at its factories in 2009. The company has defended its conduct, but last year it agreed to change its labor practices after an outside audit of its Chinese factories found widespread breaches of work rules, including 60-hour workweeks and other health and safety violations.”

Mozur’s right. Last week’s brawl comes roughly a year after a similar fight broke out at one of Foxconn’s plants involving close to 2000 workers—both incidents followed long, stressful summers of product production ramp ups.

foxconn-fightPhoto of the brawl outside of Foxconn’s Yantai factory

Foxconn wouldn’t say much else about the cause of the fight, but it did note that it was of a “personal nature” and that it was cooperating with authorities as they perform their investigation. But others have a different opinion.

Labor experts attribute the recent rise in violence at China factories to a heightened unrest. They believe there has been a generational shift, and workers are now more savvy about their rights and more willing to stand up for them.

Foxconn produces products for a number of high profile tech companies including Nintendo and Amazon, and has been Apple’s largest manufacturing partner for several years.

  • vs511

    They believe there has been a generational ‘shit’. Enough with the typos xD

    • Please send me your resume so we can hire you as an editor 🙂

      Sorry about that bad typo. It’s been fixed.

      • vs511

        It may appear to be quite crude but this is for iDB’s good (as I’ve repeatedly said)! Good to see a quick fix 🙂

    • Jonathan

      LOL I did it by accident just a sec before I read your comment. xD

  • Bambino

    Waiting for the video to be posted on World Star.

  • FOFF

    probably fighting limited supply of females

    • nyangejr


  • these kids need to stop fighting about the phones these days. They should know better that 5S and 5C are both great, just for different users!

    • Antzboogie

      This was not about fighting over phones it was about a shitty work environment and pay which is driving people crazy.

  • Jonathan

    The question is, what’s with the shirt shortage?

    • Antzboogie

      When people fight they take they shirt off lol its a testosterone thing come on you should know this lol! I have been in many brawls shirts always come off get pulled over your eyes might as well not help the enemy lol.

    • Tikimaker

      Shirts against the skins.

      • Jonathan


  • chumawumba

    Most Amercicans won’t care as long as their iPhones arrive on time.

    • Jo

      sad but kind of true.

    • Tikimaker

      What are you doing? So you care more? Did you contact the labor crews and offer some sort of assistance? Yeah that’s what I thought!

  • Core


  • Assaultive

    Looks like Rush Hour 4 is confirmed and being filmed

    • Brandon Miranda


  • Steven Cannan

    Everybody was kun fu fighting!!!

    • queen_ir3ne

      I totally sang the tune when I read this comment! lol

  • D.

    If we were living under those conditions, we’d probably be fighting too.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      We go to war, what’s the difference? 🙂

  • Antzboogie

    Foxconn are crooks and slave owners they have to stop acting like they dont know whats going on.

  • Daniel Beecham

    Sorry people, i know this is not about iTunes, but i need your Help, i cant find 2 of my Movies that i bought from the iTunes store, the are not on my mac ore my iDevices, and there is nothing on the Purchased section on iTunes!!!! HEEELP!!!

    • Tikimaker

      That is a bummer, now go to Fenopy or Kickass torrents and download your movies as a magnet link. Shhhhhhhhh I won’t tell on you.

  • Dany Quirion

    Probably the reason why, i didnt get my iphone 5S yet

  • Ghost

    As I was thought Apple Profits turned very high but can’t pay the workers in china? Where those money gone to?

    • Burge

      Apple pay Foxconn for the service they do.. What Foxconn do with that has nothing todo with Apple