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China zero-Covid: Workers at Zhengzhou iPhone factory clash with police, videos show

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Workers at China’s largest iPhone assembly plant were seen confronting police on Wednesday, some in riot gear, according to a video shared on social media.

The video shows hundreds of workers confronting law enforcement officers at Foxconn’s campus in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou. Many of them wear white protective clothing. In the now-blocked footage, some of the protesters were heard complaining about pay and hygiene.

scene comes in a few days Chinese state media reported More than 100,000 people have applied for jobs as part of a massive recruitment drive held for Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory.

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faces significant supply chain constraints at its assembly facility and expects iPhone 14 shipments to take a hit just as the critical holiday shopping season begins. CNN reached out to the company for comment on the situation at the factory.

The Covid outbreak last month forced the site to close, and some of the anxious factory workers reportedly fled.

A video of many people leaving Zhengzhou on foot went viral on Chinese social media in early November, forcing Foxconn to step up measures to bring back staff. The company said it quadrupled the daily bonuses for factory workers this month.

On Wednesday, workers were heard in a video saying Foxconn failed to keep promises of attractive bonuses and salary packages after arriving at the factory. Numerous complaints have also been posted on anonymous social media platforms accusing them of modifying the packaging.

Foxconn said in a statement in English that “benefits have always been performed in accordance with contractual obligations,” after a new employee at the Foxconn campus in Zhengzhou filed an appeal against the company on Tuesday over work allowances. .

In the video, employees complained about poor Covid measures, saying employees who tested positive were not segregated from other employees.

Foxconn said in a statement in English that online speculation about a Covid-positive employee living in a dormitory on its Foxconn campus in Zhengzhou was “clearly untrue.”

“Before new employees move in, the dormitory environment undergoes standard procedures for disinfection, and new employees will only be allowed to move in after the facility has passed government checks,” Foxconn said. .

Currently, a search for the term “Foxconn” on Chinese social media yields few results, indicating heavy censorship.

Foxconn said in a statement in Chinese, “Regarding the violence, the company will be in contact with employees and the government to ensure that similar incidents do not occur again.”

The Zhengzhou factory is the world’s largest iPhone assembly factory. According to Mirko Woitzik, global director of Everstream’s intelligence solutions, which provides supply chain risk analysis, he typically accounts for about 60% to about 50% of Foxconn’s global iPhone assembly capacity.

Earlier this month, Apple warned of supply chain disruptions, saying customers would feel the impact.

“We expect iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments to be lower than previously expected,” the tech giant said in a statement. “Customers will experience long waits to receive new products.”

As of last week, the latency for these models was reached 34 days In the United States, according to a UBS report.

Public dissatisfaction is mounting under China’s persistent zero-Covid policy, nearly three years after the pandemic, with stringent lockdowns and travel restrictions still in place.

Last week, the sentiment surfaced as footage on social media Indicated Residents under Guangzhou’s lockdown have taken to the streets, tearing down barriers meant to keep them confined to their homes and ignoring tightly enforced local orders.

— Michelle Toh, Simone McCarthy, Wayne Chang, Juliana Liu, and Kathleen Magramo contributed to this report.

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