“There will never be strikes in my company,” Foxconn CEO Guo Taiming once proclaimed.
But just last month, 1,800 workers struck at two Foxconn factories in China—following the example of other Foxconn workers in Taiyuan and Chengdu last year.
Foxconn produces cell phones and other products for Apple and others, and owns property worth $6 billion. It has 1.2 million workers and is the largest sweatshop of ill repute in China. The company drew international headlines when 18 young workers attempted suicide in 2010.
But the much bigger numbers of workers who are fighting back by striking haven’t gotten the same media attention.