In what is almost certainly a sign of things to come, in China as well as around the world, Foxconn has fired 60,000 factory workers and replaced them with robots, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.
The website quotes a local government official saying: “The Foxconn factory has reduced its employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots. It has tasted success in reduction of labour costs. More companies are likely to follow suit.”
Foxconn, a Taiwanese company with factories in China, is one of Apple’s main suppliers, and the factory in question is located in Kunshan, Jiangsu province of China.
Full story at South China Morning Post.