A stormy demonstration turned into a dramatic riot at the main factory that makes iPhones in China.
It will be clarified that the factory does not belong to Apple, but to Foxconn, the largest manufacturer of electronic components in the world, based in Taiwan.
The news agencies report that last night thousands of disgruntled workers stormed the factory area in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, breached barriers, broke valuable equipment and clashed with many security and police forces, who used tear gas and violence to quell the rebellion.
The reasons for the riot: poor working conditions, poor handling of the corona virus, and claims of disorder and even scams in regards to the payment of employee salaries.
As we know, Apple is facing a shortage of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models, because the corona restrictions at the huge factory in Zhengzhou are delaying their production and distribution process.
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The AP news agency quoted a contractor worker at the factory named Li Sanshen, who claims that the executives who recruited him to Foxconn promised him 25,000 Chinese yuan (about $3,500) for two months of work assembling the new iPhones, but was then told that he would have to work for four months in order to receive the guaranteed payment.
In other words, twice the work for the same fee.
The Reuters news agency also published that the factory workers were forced to share dormitories with workers who tested positive for Corona.
Riots outside the Apple factory, photo: AP
In recent hours, the network has been flooded with many videos that seem to document the riots, some of which are difficult to watch, in which the workers can be heard shouting "pay us" alongside shouts not to give up and intensify the struggle.
On the other hand, Foxconn claims that there is no truth in the claims about the salary scams, and according to it the employees received the financial reward they were promised.
The company also denies that it has placed corona carriers with healthy employees.
Apple has not yet responded to the case.
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