Production on the iPhone 5 was temporarily halted last week when workers went on strike at Foxconn, the Chinese company which builds hardware for Apple and many others including Sony, Microsoft, Acer, Nokia, Amazon, Nintendo and Toshiba.
The employees were protesting as Foxconn was was forcing them to work during a national holiday week in China. The workers were also upset at “overly strict demands on product quality” on the production lines that assemble iPhones. There are reports that fights have broken out between workers and quality control inspectors.
GamesIndustry.Biz reports that the strike originated at Foxconn’s Zhengshou factory but soon spread to three other facilities. Between 3,000 and 4,000 employees were protesting but they went back to work when Foxconn said they would fire anyone who continued to strike.
This year has already seen multiple occurrences of riots at the Foxconn plants, but hey, extra line of icons, eh? Go upgrade to the new iPhone, buy a new Kindle, order a Dell laptop: it’s not like you’re hurting anyone.