Chinese cities brace for wave of Foxconn workers from COVID-hit Zhengzhou
Chinese cities brace for wave of Foxconn workers from COVID-hit ZhengzhouZhengzhou, capital of Henan province, reported 167 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the seven days to Oct. 29, up from 97 infections in the prior seven-day period. Taiwan-based Foxconn, which has about 300,000 workers in Zhengzhou, has not disclosed the number of infected workers.
around the world's largest iPhone work, protests and riots have occurred due to the strict corona measures in China. © provided by Finance.net Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images
The Taiwanische Apple supplier Foxconn , which operates the work in the Chinese metropolis of Zhengzhou, confirmed the clashes on Wednesday. "In terms of violent actions, the company will continue to communicate with employees and the government in order to prevent similar things to happen again in the future," said Foxconn.
Videos divided on social media on Wednesday, there were tumulty scenes around the work both during the night and in daylight. Hundreds of workers gathered and marched against a large contingent of security forces. Police officers with batons and plastic protective signs tried to push people back. There were clashes. It was also seen how some workers apparently were injured on the ground.
Workers leave iPhone factory in Zhengzhou amid COVID curbs
HONG KONG (AP) — Workers who assemble Apple Inc.’s new iPhone have walked out of their factory in northern China to avoid COVID-19 curbs after some coworkers were quarantined following a virus outbreak. Videos circulating on Chinese social media platforms showed people said to be Foxconn workers climbing over fences and walking down a road laden with their belongings. The scenes underscore growing public discontent with China’s “zero-COVID” strategy, where the government seeks to stamp out outbreaks by implementing strict testing, isolation and lockdown measures where infections are detected.
around the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, where around 200,000 people are employed, there had been unrest a few weeks ago. Thousands of employees had escaped out of fear of infection or the strict measures. Foxconn then promised employees higher wages if they were to decide to return despite the restrictions. But the work continued to operate in a so -called "closed cycle". Employees were not allowed to leave the factory premises.
Foxconn announced on Wednesday that there were questions of new employees about their salaries. These would be paid out as intended in the contracts. Rumors that employees would have to share their accommodations with infected colleagues are wrong.
In the South Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou, protests against the Corona measures of the government had also occurred last week. Annoyed migrant workers tore down numerous barricades.
While most countries in the world are trying to live with the virus, China unchanged a strict zero-covid strategy with lockdowns, daily mass tests, strict control, follow-up tracking and compulsory quartan. Nevertheless, the number of new infections has increased significantly in recent weeks. The location appears increasingly confusing./JPT/DP/MIS
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Behind Foxconn’s China woes: mistrust, miscommunication, COVID curbs .
By Yew Lun Tian, Yimou Lee and Brenda Goh SHANGHAI/TAIPEI (Reuters) - When officials from his Chinese village approached Hou last month, urging him to work at the world's largest iPhone factory for at least twice the usual pay, he knew it was risky. Tens of thousands of workers had fled the plant in central China in previous weeks and violent protests had erupted over a COVID-19 lockdown and confusion over hiring bonuses.But Hou, 24, who asked to be identified only by his family name, told Reuters he took the job at the Zhengzhou plant belonging to Foxconn, Apple's biggest iPhone maker, making 70% of iPhones globally.