FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn is seen outside a company's building in Taipei
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Foxconn is seen outside the company's building in Taipei, Taiwan November 10, 2022. REUTERS/Ann Wang Photo: Reuters/ANN WANG
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Apple Inc supplier Foxconn's China plant hit by fresh worker unrest-social media

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People describing themselves as Foxconn workers pulled down barriers and argued with hazmat-suited authorities at a COVID-hit plant in the industrial Chinese city of Zhengzhou that belongs to the Apple Inc supplier, scenes broadcast live on the Kuaishou short video platform showed on Wednesday.

The videos showed more than a hundred people clustered outside and coming face to face with dozens of hazmat-suited officials, who they said were police. Some videos showed workers complaining about the food they had been provided while others said they had not been paid bonuses as promised.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the authenticity of the videos. Foxconn did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Zhengzhou plant is the world's largest iPhone factory with some 200,000 workers.

Since late Ocober, many workers have fled - their escapes captured on social media - as frustration mounted over how COVID cases were handled and over the treatment of employees, including what they said were insufficient provisions of food.

In a bid to restore production, the manufacturer began a drive to convince workers to stay and to recruit more staff, promising higher per-hour salaries and bonuses.

It has maintained so-called closed-loop operations at the plant - a system in which staff live and work on-site isolated from the wider world - due to the COVID situation in Zhengzhou.

The curbs and discontent have hit production, prompting Apple Inc to say earlier this month that it expected lower shipments of premium iPhone 14 models.

© Thomson Reuters 2022.

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Makes the Apple "1984" adds seem pretty ironic and ridiculous

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@ Yrrai your comments are welcome but according to you all of this is not happening! I guess silence is truth or perhaps denial. I would love to hear your comments. Its Apple so you can place the blame on the US.

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frustration mounted over how COVID cases were handled and over the treatment of employees, including what they said were insufficient provisions of food.

the manufacturer began a drive to convince workers to stay and to recruit more staff, promising higher per-hour salaries and bonuses.

Paying them and feeding them properly would be a good step.

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Low wages

Low costs

Poor treatment

Poor food or not enough of it

Now is a hugh pain for Apple

That is what you get when you have most of your eggs in one basket and the workers want decent pay, food and working conditions.

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Foxconn, despite being a Taiwanese company, is very well connected to the CCP, I fear for these workers.

Don't forget workers used to commit suicide whilst on the job at Foxconn and the authorities allowed Fixconn to barricade dorms (against fire safety regulations).

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Foxconn produces devices for many companies, not only Apple. At least fourteen American companies. Besides China, Foxconn is in about ten other countries.

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I can't even begin to imagine a factory with 200,000 workers most of whom presumably life on site in compay dormitories. 200,000 is a medium sized city, a bigger city than I really want to live in and here you have that many people working in one factory. I can barely get my head around this.

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The Chinese watching the World Cup are seeing crowds of people mingling with no face masks and becoming enraged at the rules they have to live under. One wonders how much longer the CCP will allow the World Cup, or other international sports events, to be broadcast in China? Winnie the Pooh may regret engineering his third term of office.

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Foxconn is a Taiwanese company not a Chinese one, and owns Sharp.

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There's a lot of unpaid people at Foxconn, little wonder why they are so desperate. Especially since they know, individually, having complained, they're likely to disappear.

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