Strikes at Foxconn factory in Brazil halt iPhone production

Funcionários da empresa Foxconn continuam em greve nesta quarta-feira (Foto: Sandro Zeppi/TV TEM)

Up to 3,500 employees for the Brazilian arm of Apple’s iPhone manufacturing partner Foxconn allegedly went on strike late last week, causing a factory-wide shutdown of production. The strike is still reportedly in effect at the factory in Jundiai, Brazil.

Harry Tunnecliffe, Macworld Australia
18 September, 2014

9to5Mac has received a number of tips and translated local news reports concerning the matter, and claim that every single production line had stopped when the strike was first enacted last Thursday. Workers are reportedly demanding changes to work and pay policies, and as part of the strike, have blocked other employees from entering the site. This would explain the complete halt to production.

Funcionários da empresa Foxconn continuam em greve nesta quarta-feira (Foto: Sandro Zeppi/TV TEM)The strike comes at a critical time for Apple, as despite record production levels, Foxconn are struggling to keep up with the amount of pre-orders that have already taken place – which are achieving record numbers.

9to5Mac does note that while the Jundiai factory does produce iPhone (and iPad) units, the majority of Foxconn’s iPhone supplies come from factories based in China.

Despite this knowledge, it is quite obvious that the struggle to keep production up to speed with record demand will not be aided by an entire factory shutting down production for days at a time.

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The Taiwanese manufacturer is churning out 140,000 phablets and 400,000 smartphones daily, according to reports.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn is operating 100 production lines “around the clock,” churching out 140,000 phablets and 400,000 smartphones every day, but it’s still not enough to satisfy pre-orders.
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