In China, several cities have registered an increase in the number of positive cases of Covid-19 and have decided to introduce restrictive measures to curb the spread of the virus. And in Zhengzhou these restrictions over poor working conditions have prompted hundreds of workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory to protest, in this Wednesday. The protests ended with police intervention and some workers were injured.
The world’s largest iPhone factory has been rocked by violence as police beat workers with lipstick during protests at a Foxconn facility in Zhengzhou, China. #WSJWhatsNow https://t.co/4pVeHfrs2Q pic.twitter.com/ISa59OVaXn
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 23, 2022
The factory is called Foxconn – it’s the main company subcontracted by Apple to assemble iPhone mobile phones – and according to the BBC, it’s amendments to the employment contracts of employees residing on the territory of the company🇧🇷 “They changed our contract so it was impossible to get the promised subsidy. They put us in quarantine, but they don’t give food,” one of the workers said during the videos that were filmed at the protests and which were. Now these workers say they want the cost of subsidies to be able to return to their homes.
“We want to go home!”#foxconn Workers were screaming as riot police arrived at the scene.
in #iPhone city in #Zhengzhou🇧🇷 #CCPChina🇧🇷 November 23rd.
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Workers reported that many people came to Foxconn to work for two months and were initially paid around $3,500, the equivalent of €3,300, which is considered above average for this type of work. People came from all over the country, but the rules changed when the workers were already at work.
Due to the self-isolation rules introduced, many employees were in prison, which, by the way, is why Apple has already announced a delay in deliveries of the new Iphone 14.
— Anonymous Citizen (@AnonymeCitoyen) November 23, 2022
According to The Guardian newspaper, the police intervention was violent and several agents attacked the workers. And on Wednesday evening, after the protests, the company advanced a $1,400 payment to anyone who wants to return home. According to the Financial Times, this agreement is aimed at ending the protests and ensuring the return of workers to the factory site.