1st Ld-Writethru: Foxconn plant in Henan resumes production following dispute over quality standards

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ZHENGZHOU, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- A Foxconn plant in central China's Henan Province has resumed production following a dispute between workers and the plant over stricter quality inspections for the iPhone 5, authorities said Saturday.

A spokesman from the management committee of the Xinzheng Comprehensive Bonded Area in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, where the plant is located, said production resumed one hour after a conflict occurred between workers and quality inspectors.

More than 100 quality inspectors refused to go to work at 7 a.m. Friday after one of the inspectors was allegedly assaulted by the workers, who have been dissatisfied with the new inspection standards.

The instruction to strengthen quality inspections for the iPhone 5 was given by Apple Inc. following multiple complaints from customers regarding aesthetic flaws in the phone, he said.

Earlier media reports said 3,000 to 4,000 workers went on strike at the plant, citing an overseas labor watch website.

The spokesman denied the incident was a strike, saying it was only a dispute between workers and quality inspectors.

Some workers said the new inspection standards are too rigorous and it is hard for them to adapt, thus leading to dispute between them and inspectors, the spokesman said.

Officials from the committee who went to the plant to mediate the dispute said not many workers were involved in the incident, but could not provide a specific number, the spokesman said.

The plant's managers were not immediately available for comment.

Foxconn is the world's largest maker of computer components and a major supplier for Apple Inc. The company currently has about 1 million employees on the Chinese mainland, including more than 100,000 at the Zhengzhou plant. Enditem

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