Foxconn workers in Taiyuan went on strike on Tuesday, claiming the company reneged on its promise of a pay rise. (Internet photo)
Hundreds of Foxconn workers from a factory in Shanxi in northern China have gone on strike since Tuesday in a pay dispute which is still under negotiation, the US broadcaster Radio Free Asia reports.
The strike is taking place at a plant in the Xiaodian district of the provincial capital Taiyuan. A manager surnamed Liu confirmed that some workers downed tools on Tuesday. He declined to specify how many workers are involved but stressed that the factory was talking with the protesters.
Molihua.com, a website dealing with human rights in China, cited some workers who said that Foxconn had promised to raise pay for all staff. However, the company raised wages for managers and technicians but not for entry-level workers, prompting a number to go on strike.
Many workers reportedly gathered outside the factory, leaving many workshops empty.
An entry-level worker at Foxconn is typically paid 1,550 yuan (US$245) per month, rising to to 1,800 yuan (US$285) per month after three months. When bonuses and overtime pay are included, a worker may typically earn between 2,200 and 3,500 yuan (US$345-$550) a month.
The Taiwan-based manufacturer has been criticized by labor and human rights groups for long working hours, military-style management and harsh working conditions at its factories in China.