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Protests break out at a major iPhone factory in China

2022-11-24 17:29 by


Foxconn's largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China has been hit by worker protests including violent confrontations, Bloomberg has reported. Videos show hundreds of workers marching and confronting a manager, along with several instances of violence. Employees are reportedly upset over lesser benefits and longer wait times for bonuses. Some workers also complained they were forced to share dormitories with colleagues who had tested positive for COVID.

Videos show protesters fighting police and security personnel, most of the latter dressed up in white head-to-toe white hazmat suits. Other videos show protesters pushing past barricades in a large wave, and more posted online show protesters destroying security checkpoints at the iPhone factory, which is owned and operated by the Taiwan-based Foxconn.

Last month, rising Covid cases saw the factory locked down, prompting some workers to break out and go home. The company then recruited new workers with the promise of generous bonuses.

"Our team has been looking into the matter and discovered a technical error occurred during the onboarding process," Foxconn said in a statement, referring to the hiring of new workers. "We apologize for an input error in the computer system and guarantee that the actual pay is the same as agreed and the official recruitment posters." It did not elaborate on the error.

Zhengzhou officials announced on Wednesday that the city's urban areas would be sent into lockdown from Friday through Nov. 29. The city—sometimes called "iPhone City" due to its key position in Apple's supply chain - reported almost 1,000 cases on Wednesday.

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