Hundreds of workers joined protests at Foxconn’s flagship iPhone plant in China, with some people smashing surveillance cameras and windows, footage posted on social media showed.
A rare open dispute in China marks the spread of unrest at a large factory in the city of Zhengzhou that has come to symbolize a dangerous construction built on frustration with the country’s ultra-covid-19 regime and the clumsy handling of the state. The world’s largest contract manufacturer.
The cat for the deterrents, which started early on Wednesday, appeared to be a good decision to delay the payments, many demonstrators said in the stream feeds. The video could not be immediately verified by Reuters.
“Give us our pay,” chanted the workers, who were surrounded by men in full hazmat suits, some carrying batons, according to footage from one video. Other footage shows tear gas being deployed and workers taking down quarantine barriers. Some workers complained that they were forced to share dormitories with colleagues who tested positive for COVID-19.
Foxconn said in a statement that it had fulfilled its wage agreements and that reports of infected staff living on campus with recruits were “false.”
“As far as possible, the company will continue to communicate with employers and the government to prevent similar incidents from happening again,” the company added.
A source familiar with the site in Zhengzhou said production at the plant was not affected by worker unrest and output remained “normal.”
Reuters previously reported that Foxconn planned to resume full iPhone production in Zhengzhou from the second half of November.
While the latest unrest has added to the “uncertainty” of the target, the source said the company is still working to hit it, adding that “only a portion” of recruits participated in the unrest.
Another source familiar with the matter, however, said that Foxconn is unlikely to hit the target, pointing out that the rift is tumultuous, especially affecting recruits who were to bridge the employment gap.
“Mainly, we were asking if the new recruits would go online from the end of November. But with the chaos it is certain that we will not be able to resume normal productions by the end of the month.”
Dissatisfaction over strict quarantine rules, the inability to shake off company riots, and poor conditions including food shortages caused workers to flee to the factory fields from which Lake the so-called closed loop supply system in the iPhone plant world at the end of October.
Under closed loop operations, staff live and work on site, isolated from the wider world.
Former workers estimated that thousands of workers fled the factory. Before the unrest, the Zhengzhou plant employed 200,000 people. To retain staff and bring in more employees, Foxconn had to offer benefits and higher wages.
Local authorities also stepped in to help, with some teams of retired soldiers and government workers to pick up the trains, according to n reports the local media.
The first source said the desire of local authorities to recruit workers could play a role in causing “miscommunications” with the new hires over issues including food and accommodation.
The Zhengzhou government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Woe to the worker
In the movies, how the workers would go wild, never sure if they would get food while in quarantine or insufficient restraint to contain the riot.
“Foxconn never treats people for people,” one person said.
Lake did not respond to requests for comment.
“It is now clear that the closed-loop production at Foxconn only helps prevent the spread of COVID to the city, but does nothing (if not make it worse) for the workers in the factory,” Aiden Chau of the China Labor Bulletin, by Hong. The Kong-based advocacy group said in an email.
As of Wednesday afternoon, most of the pedestrians were posted on Kuaishou, the social media platform where Reuters reviewed many of the videos. Kuaishou did not respond to a request for comment.
The protest images then come as investors are worried about the risks of escaping global supply chains, in part due to China’s zero-covid policies that look to stifle any fallout.
Refrains and depression hit the production. Reuters reported last month that iPhone output at the Zhengzhou factory could slump as much as 30% in November due to covid restrictions. read more
Foxconn is Apple’s largest iPhone maker, accounting for 70% of iPhone shipments globally. It makes most of its phones at its Zhengzhou plant, although it has other smaller production facilities in India and southern China.
Shares of Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, have fallen 2% since the outbreak emerged in late October.