The main production site for iPhones, the Foxconn plant in the city of Zhengzhou, China, has been the center of agitated protests by its workers.
The workers at this factory have recently protested against the working conditions they were subjected to, marked by the delay in some payments, non-compliance with the amounts offered as wages and even the lack of food.
Excited demonstrations in “iPhone City”
The aforementioned Foxconn factory, the largest of this task, is also known as “iPhone City” because it produces around 70% of all iPhones that are later put into circulation worldwide.
The demonstrations by the workers at this plant focused on the irregularities committed by Foxconn regarding the payment of some salaries, the withholding of bonus payments and the strict hygiene policy applied by China.
These protests, which began with violence this Tuesday, have brought to light instances of workers traveling long distances to work at this factory, motivated by commercial promises that the company ultimately failed to deliver.
after a AP agency reportLi Sanshan, one of the affected employees, said he quit a catering job after seeing an ad promising 25,000 yuan ($3,500) for two months of work in “iPhone City,” which is a significant increase in relation to the average salary is this type of work in the area.
According to Li, the company told employees attracted by the offer that they would have to work two more months at a lower salary in order to access the promised 25,000 yuan payment later. “Foxconn posted very tempting recruitment offers and workers came from all over the country only to find they were being scammed.”said the worker of the mobilized plant.
Another aspect that influenced the outbreak of this demonstration was that Foxconn introduced a closed surveillance system in its “iPhone city” in late October to verify that employees are living and working on site and isolating themselves from the outside world. . From that moment on, thousands of workers left the company campus. For its part, Foxconn is trying to compensate for this loss of personnel by hiring new employees.
Apart from this specific condition, the working environment in China is particularly tense, marked by various worker protests across the country, due to the established lockdown restrictions re-enforced in light of the outbreak of a new wave of Covid-19 19, the temporary closure of some industries and districts, a factor that in the case of Foxconn workers further increased discontent.
In response to press inquiries, Foxconn issued an official statement on the matter “kept their payment contracts”and also rejects the accusations about the unfavorable living conditions of its employees.
The Foxconn employee protests began with force on Tuesday and spilled over the next day violent riots marked by windows and security cameras broken open by protesters and even by protesters physical altercations with the police.
Officials at this factory are currently aiming to resume full production capacity at their iPhone factory in Zhengzhou. However, unofficial sources have told the press that Foxconn is unlikely to meet planned production targets due to this latest disruption.
So far, Apple has not issued a statement on this incident.
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