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China: iPhone manufacturer Foxconn apparently pays workers severance pay after protests

2022-11-24T13:26:10.662Z

Employees of the iPhone producer Foxconn protested against the working conditions and corona measures. As a result of riots, some employees are leaving the company with a bonus.



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Foxconn lettering on the factory building in Taiwan: 200,000 people in "iPhone City"

Photo: ANN WANG / REUTERS

Demonstrations, riots, tumultuous scenes: reports of extremely poor working conditions at the Foxconn factory in the eastern Chinese metropolis of Zhengzhou circulated for weeks – then the protests followed.

Videos about the processes in the largest iPhone factory in the world should also show injured workers lying on the ground.

As a result of the protests, Foxconn is now apparently paying severance payments to workers who are leaving the company.

Several workers took to Chinese social media to say they received a bonus of 10,000 yuan ($1,500) in return for terminating the contract.

Screenshots of a company announcement also indicate this.

In several videos, buses can be seen in the background in front of the dormitories on the factory site - they were probably intended to take the workers home.

Foxconn apparently also awarded compensation to those injured in protests over the past few days and in clashes with the police.

An employee told AFP that those injured received a bonus of 500 yuan.

Apparently Apple has local representatives

The Apple supplier Foxconn initially did not comment on the incidents when asked.

Apple said the company has representatives on site and is monitoring the situation.

The US company said it was working closely with the Taiwanese supplier to ensure that "employee concerns" were addressed.

The factory in Zhengzhou is an entire industrial complex, called "iPhone City", where around 200,000 people work.

Most live on the premises.

In the past few days there had been protests, some violent, because of the strict corona requirements in the factory, unpaid bonuses and working conditions.

A few weeks ago, thousands of employees fled the plant for fear of infection or the strict measures taken.

Foxconn then promised workers higher wages if they decided to return despite the corona restrictions.

The plant continued to operate in a so-called »closed circuit«.

Employees were therefore not allowed to leave the factory premises.

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Source: spiegel

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