China’s Foxconn offers iPhone workers $1,800 to stay after protests

  • Protests have raged at Foxconn’s giant iPhone manufacturing facility in China amid strict COVID regulations.
  • So many employees are leaving that Apple now expects a major production shortfall.
  • To facilitate a growing exodus of workers, some are being offered $1,800 to stay at the facility.

Foxconn, a Chinese company that runs the world’s largest iPhone factory, is offering some workers a $1,800 bonus to stay on the job amid turmoil over China’s zero-COVID strategy and strict lockdowns at its Zhengzhou factory, according to Bloomberg.

Workers have protested, sometimes violently, in recent weeks in response to strict worker protocols during a massive COVID outbreak at the plant, which employs as many as 200,000 workers, most of whom live in on-site dormitories, earning it the nickname yielded “iPhone”. City.”

Last month, Foxconn implemented a “closed-loop system” due to the country’s zero-COVID strategy, which sparked riots across China this weekend.

Infected workers were unable to leave their dormitories and were given only basic necessities such as bread and instant noodles, resulting in hundreds of escapes. Bloomberg reported on a brother and sister who walked 25 miles on a highway to escape the Foxconn factory.

The unrest then turned into rioting on November 22, when Foxconn workers were filmed fighting with security guards. Rioters threw metal barricades at officials and smashed security cameras.

To try to calm tensions, Foxconn offered protesters $1,400 to leave — more than the average monthly wage for factory workers, according to Bloomberg.

The company had previously offered $420 bonuses to new employees if they completed 30 days of work, but employees rioted after being told this would be delayed until March 2023, according to Reuters. These newer workers caused the dramatic scenes and more than 20,000 of them have now left.

iPhone City is apparently struggling to maintain headcount as a result, with a new $1,800 bonus being offered to those who stay — but recipients must have joined in early November or earlier.

The 13,000 yuan bonus is almost double the monthly salary of 6,865 yuan, according to the South China Morning Post, and would be paid in late December and January.

It is predicted that Apple will see a shortfall of 6 million iPhone Pros in the coming months due to the protests.

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