Foxconn’s largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China, has been shaken by worker protests, including violent clashes. Bloomberg reported. Videos show hundreds of workers marching and confronting a manager, and various incidents of violence. While employees are reportedly annoyed by COVID restrictions and perks, a video watched by Engadget Chinese suggests food shortages may have triggered the protests.
In a clip, the workers “Defend our rights! Defend our rights!” While confronting the police, another shows a group of employees surrounding a manager in a conference room. In the second, one person says, “I’m really scared for this place, we can all be COVID positive” while another says, “You’re sending us to die.”
Other videos show white-clothed people attacking someone with sticks and workers surrounding and shaking an occupied police vehicle. In several clips, workers complained about getting food and never being sure of their inadequate COVID protection. news agencies, including Reuters however, he has not yet confirmed the authenticity of some of the videos.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks, Foxconn has enforced strict “closed loop” quarantine rules, forcing staff to work and live in the field in isolation from the outside world. “It’s now clear that closed-loop production at Foxconn only helps prevent the spread of COVID in the city, but does nothing for workers at the factory (if it doesn’t make it worse),” said a Hong Kong advocacy group. Reuters. According to other workers, thousands of workers may have fled the factory campus, forcing Foxconn to offer bonuses and higher salaries to retain its staff.
Last month, Foxconn drastically reduced iPhone production at the same factory due to COVID concerns, forcing Apple to announce that shipments of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would be delayed. The company’s Zhengzhou factory is the world’s largest iPhone factory, with 200,000 employees responsible for 70 percent of the devices’ production.
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