A Chinese factory owned by iPhone assembler Foxconn resumed production on Tuesday after a riot involving 2,000 workers forced it to close for 24 hours, in an incident that put Chinese labour conditions under scrutiny.
The huge factory that employs some 79,000 workers in northern Taiyuan city erupted into violence late Sunday and into the early hours of Monday after what the plant’s owner, Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan, described as a personal dispute gone out of control.
Workers on Tuesday morning walked back through the gates of the factory, which was still ringed by police and showed clear signs of damage caused by the fighting, in which 40 people were injured, according to media. Some gates were still flat on the ground, having been bent over, and windows were smashed.
A loud speaker on a loop recording called for people to maintain social order.
Foxconn — which assembles Apple’s iPhones and makes components for other electronics firms — has faced accusations of mistreatment of workers at its plants in China.