Protests broke out at a major iPhone factory in China
Foxconn’s largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China has been hit by labor protests including violent confrontations, bloomberg It has been reported. Videos show hundreds of workers walking into and confronting a manager, along with many instances of violence. Staff are said to be upset about COVID restrictions and bonuses, while a video seen by Engadget Chinese suggests food shortages may have been the cause of the protests.
One clip shows workers chanting, “Defend our rights! Defend our rights!” While confronting the police, another group of employees is shown surrounding a manager in a conference room. In the latter, one person says “I’m really scared about this place, we could all have coronavirus,” while another adds, “You’re sending us to death.”
Other videos show individuals in white attacking a person with sticks, and workers surrounding and rocking an occupied police vehicle. In several segments, workers complained that they were never sure of receiving meals and that there was insufficient protection against the coronavirus. News agencies including Reuters You have not yet verified the authenticity of some of the videos.
As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, Foxconn has implemented strict “closed-loop” quarantine rules, forcing employees to work and live on site incommunicado. “It is now clear that closed-loop production at Foxconn only helps prevent the spread of COVID into the city, but does nothing (if not make it worse) for the workers in the factory,” said a Hong Kong advocacy group. Reuters. Thousands of workers may have fled the factory campus, according to other employees, forcing Foxconn to offer bonuses and higher salaries to retain employees.
Last month, Foxconn dramatically cut iPhone production at the same plant due to COVID concerns, Force Apple to advertise iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments will be delayed. The company’s factory in Zhengzhou is the world’s largest iPhone factory with 200,000 workers, and is responsible for 70 percent of the devices’ production.
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