Media: more than 20 thousand employees left the Apple supplier plant in China

By data Media, one of the factories of the Taiwanese Foxconn, the largest supplier of components for Apple, decided to leave more than 20 thousand workers. Among those who disagreed with the company’s policy were mostly newly recruited employees.

The unrest at Foxconn’s Chinese factory in Zhengzhou has been going on for days. The dissatisfaction of workers is caused by the fact that they have to live in the same dormitories with colleagues who have fallen ill with COVID-19. They also faced the problem of paying their labor and did not receive the promised compensatory benefits. After mass protests turned into clashes with the police, Foxconn apologized and offered to pay 10,000 yuan ($1,400) to those employees who immediately leave the plant and go home, calling the situation a “technical error.”

Experts note that doing business in China is complicated by strict restrictions associated with a sharp increase in the incidence of COVID-19. The protests of the workers may lead to the failure to fulfill the set plans – the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou was supposed to return to normal production at the end of November. Foxconn itself does not comment on reports of a mass exodus of employees from one of its largest factories in China.

Valeria Khaibullina

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