Violent protests erupted Wednesday at iPhone factories in China, Rapid and tough response by authorities.
Hundreds of workers took part in the protest, with some men breaking windows and surveillance cameras.
Employees are said to have started lashing out when it became clear that the company planned to delay bonus payments, according to Reuters. They chanted “Give us a salary!” When officials in protective suits with batons descended upon them.
Foxconn is Apple’s main subcontractor in China‘s Zhengzhou factory assembles more iPhones than anywhere else in the world.
The protests are another sign of growing unrest in China as Beijing continues to mandate strict COVID protocols, including lockdowns and widespread mandatory testing. These protocols, which are part of Global supply chain issues.
The factory itself was shut down last month to test and deal with potential cases of COVID-19, the BBC reported. Already fled the factory because of the rude treatment.
However, some workers in the livestream video claimed the company forced them to share living spaces with workers who tested positive for COVID-19.
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“They changed the contract and didn’t receive the promised subsidies. they isolate us But please don’t serve food,” claimed one Foxconn employee in a livestream.
Foxconn released a statement to refute the protesters, saying it had fulfilled its payment agreement and denied reports of infected staff living on campus.
“Regarding violence, the company is in communication with employees and the government to ensure that similar incidents do not occur again,” the company added.
Apple did not respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.
A source familiar with the situation in Zhengzhou told Reuters that production at the factory had not been affected by the workers’ uprising and output remained “normal.”