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Workers in running battles with police in protests at largest iPhone factory in China | Foxconn

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Police station China As the country tries to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases, workers protesting working conditions and payment at the largest iPhone factory have been given a beating.

Online videos show thousands of masked people facing a line of police in white protective suits with plastic riot shields. He grabbed a metal stick and then kicked him and hit him with a club.

Li said protests in Zhengzhou lasted until Wednesday morning, when thousands of workers gathered outside their dormitories and confronted factory security guards.

Other videos showed protesters spraying fire extinguishers at police.

Foxconn, the largest contract assembler of smartphones and other electronic devices, announced that it had canceled the production of the iPhone 14 last month after thousands of workers left its factory in the central city of Zhengzhou last month following complaints about unsafe working conditions. I’m having trouble fulfilling orders.

Protest starts Employees who traveled long distances to get jobs at the factory complained about the company changing their salary terms on Tuesday, according to employee Li Sanshan.

Li said she quit her catering job after seeing an ad promising 25,000 yuan ($3,500) for two months of work. This would be well above the average wage for this type of work in the area.

After the employees arrived, the company said they would have to work two more months at the lower wages to receive the 25,000 yuan.

“Foxconn announced a very attractive recruitment offer and workers came from all over the country, only to find that they were being ridiculed,” he said.

Video taken at the protest shows security guards in hazmat suits attacking a man. Photo: A.P.

Foxconn apologized on Thursday, saying a “technical error” was responsible for the confusion over salaries.

A video posted on the Sina Weibo social media platform shows a man claiming to be the Communist Party secretary in charge of community service, urging protesters to withdraw. He assured them that their demands would be met.

The protests come amid deep frustrations over Covid restrictions in areas across China that have closed stores and offices and kept millions of people at home.

On Wednesday, the government ordered an effective lockdown of several districts in Zhengzhou, with residents in the city center unable to leave unless they tested negative for Covid and had permission from authorities.

The restrictions, which will last for five days starting at midnight Friday, will affect more than 6 million people, about half of the city’s population.

Governments are trying to contain the latest outbreak wave without shutting down factories and other economies, as they did in early 2020. Its tactics include “closed-loop management,” where workers live in the factory without any contact with the outside world.

China’s status as an export powerhouse is based on factories such as Foxconn that assemble the world’s appliances, toys and other goods.

Apple has warned that deliveries of the iPhone 14 will be delayed after access to the industrial area around its Zhengzhou factory, which employs 200,000 people according to Foxconn, was suspended after the outbreak.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the recent protests.

Reuters and AP contributed to this report

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