Enlarge / Workers pose for photographs outside the Foxconn factory of Hon Hai Group in Shenzhen, China, in 2010.

Violent worker protests have erupted at the world’s largest iPhone factory in central China The Foxconn plant authorities are struggling to contain a COVID-19-related outbreak and maintain production in the peak holiday season.

The workers at the factory in Zhengzhou shared over a dozen videos showing staff in A standoff with Lines of police Armed with Batons and clad in White protective gear These videos demonstrate. police Beat workers, with Some were left bleeding from their heads, others were left limping from chaotic clashes.

Beijing’s strict zero-COVID regime has posed big challenges for the running of Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant, which typically staffs more than 200,000 workers Large campus in the city’s suburbs.

Wednesday’s unrest will heighten investor concerns about supply chain risk at Apple, with More than 95% of iPhones are produced in China.

Problems at the plant in April led to Apple Reduce estimates for high end clients iPhone 14 shipments and to issue a rare warning for investors regarding the delays

Two workers Foxconn factory Protests broke out Wednesday morning, after which the police reported that they were unable to locate any witnesses. Apple’s manufacturing partner attempted to deny bonuses promised to new workers placed in quarantine until being sent to assembly lines.

“Initially they just went into the plant seeking an explanation from executives, but they [the executives] didn’t show their faces and instead called the police,” One of the workers.

Another worker claimed that the workers were becoming discontented about the new system. factory’s continued inability to curb a COVID outbreak, tough living conditions, and fear among staff that they would test positive.

Foxconn stated that the company would continue to work with Employees and government must work together to stop further violence.

The company stated that it had fulfilled all its contracts and would continue doing so. “communicate and explain” This will be extended to new employees. The company reported that it had mixed COVID positivity. workers with They were not infected yet.

Videos show workers Flipping carts at Foxconn’s campus and charging into the factory’s offices and bashing a COVID testing booth. On Wednesday afternoon, live streams showed that groups of people were gathered at the scene. workers Milling around in A courtyard in between buildings. Some workers Livestreamed the protests via social media until they were censored in You can turn off the broadcasts.

“The Foxconn situation raises concern for China’s leaders because it challenges the narrative of being a reliable supplier,” said Shan Guo at Plenum China Research. “It’s clear workers are not happy being locked down,” She spoke.

Foxconn has been in operation with The local government in To repopulate the assembly lines of the plant’s Henan province with New workers After a mass exodus of staff late last month, triggered by poor working conditions at the plant.

The task was assigned to local officials with Sending support workers to the plant, which is a big taxpayer and was responsible for 60 percent of the province’s exports in 2019.

Counterpoint Research analyst Ivan Lam stated that Foxconn had already been shifting iPhone 14 Production away from Zhengzhou factory amid the COVID issues. He estimated the Zhengzhou plant’s share of total iPhone 14 production fell to 60 percent today, from around 80 percent when the outbreak started.

Apple The company did not respond immediately to our requests for comment.

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