Reuters Business Report - Violent clashes recently broke out at a northern China factory of an Apple supplier.
Both factories are run by Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics giant that assembles most of the world's iPads and iphones.
REUTERS REPORTER, JANE LANHEE LEE, SAID:
"I'm here at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, where there was reportedly a strike over the weekend, although from what workers have told us, it's unclear whether if it was a strike or a smaller worker dispute. But one thing is clear, tensions here are high."
Mr. Zhu who has only been working here less than a month is getting ready to quit.
FOXCONN WORKER, MR. ZHU, SAID:
"The managers talk down to us and the pressure on the assembly line is too high."
But others we met here seem to appreciate the work.
26-year-old Mr. Wang.
FOXCONN WORKER, MR. WANG, SAID:
"The salary here is relatively higher. The base salary in Zhengzhou is 1350 yuan and here it's 1800. So the difference is obvious."
"Maybe Foxconn is a little bit better, but the wages they provide are nowhere near a living wage. Workers still have to struggle very hard to make a living, and you know, they're still working 10, 12 hours a day under quite oppressive and stringent conditions, and that's why you see these disputes cropping up time and time again."