Apple has declared collaborate with Foxconn to resolve workers’ complaints at China’s biggest iPhone factory. Violent riots broke out on Wednesday at the Zhengzhou site. Disgruntled workers rebelled, destroying part of the infrastructure. The riot police are done by intervening and was filmed hitting employees.
The “zero Covid” approach affects the proper functioning of factories
China’s ‘zero Covid’ approach is partly responsible for the uprisings that have erupted at the Foxconn factory. The latter, located in Zhengzhou, is the world’s largest assembly site for the iPhone. Earlier in the month, 300,000 workers were confined there to limit the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic. This “zero Covid” policy provides quick closures and generalized, mass testing and mandatory quarantines to crush the virus as soon as it appears.
This confinement has caused an exodus of Chinese workerswhich resulted in strongly impact iPhone production. To shoot in good conditions, the Foxconn factory had to call to more than 100,000 workers in order to restart production at full speed. But it was difficult for the company to find enough workers.
Thus, to cope with these numerous departures and find a sufficient number of workers, Foxconn has launched a recruitment drive to fill vacancies. According to a document sent by CNNnew employees were promised a 3,000 yuan grant (about $420) for 30 working days and a second bonus too 3,000 yuan which will be paid after 60 days.
Foxconn makes its mea culpa
It seems like the Foxconn factory did not respect its commitments towards the workers since following the delays in the payment of the bonuses, riots broke out this week. According CNNStart of the week, workers have been told payments will be delayed until next yearthe first installment to be issued March 15 and the second in May. A worker said that “ new recruits had to work more days to get the promised bonus, so they felt cheated “.
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Since then, Foxconn has made its mea culpa by declaring that it had an input error in the computer system during the onboarding process. This has resulted in new employees receiving contracts for existing workers. The company said it guarantees that recruits would be paid as agreed and in accordance with official recruiting posters. Apple – whose behavior has been criticized for failing to protect the rights of workers, informed that the company “ worked closely with Foxconn to ensure their employees’ concerns were addressed “.
In an attempt to end the protests, according to the wall street journalFoxconn offered a payment of 10,000 yuan ($1,400) encouraging newly recruited staff to quit and then leave their iPhone assembly plant in Zhengzhou. According to multiple videos, many workers accepted the offer and waited in long lines with their luggage before boarding buses to leave the factory on Thursday morning.