More than 20,000 new hires at Foxconn’s China plant add to trouble: report

More than 20,000 new hires at Foxconn’s China plant add to trouble: report

Over 20,000 new workers have left Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant in China: report

More than 20,000 workers, most of them new hires who were not yet working on a production line, have left Apple supplier Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant in China, a Foxconn source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

The person said the departures would complicate the company’s previous goal of resuming full production by the end of November following labor unrest that hit production at the world’s largest iPhone factory.

Foxconn declined to comment.

The Taiwanese firm on Thursday offered 10,000 yuan ($1,396) to workers who wanted to resign and leave the chaos-hit plant.

It apologized for making a “technical error” regarding pay when hiring new recruits, which workers say was the cause of the protests involving clashes with security personnel.

Videos posted on Chinese social media on Friday showed crowds and long lines of workers laden with luggage queuing for buses. “It’s time to go home,” said one of the posters.

Labor unrest at the Zhengzhou plant that began on Wednesday marked rare scenes of open discontent in China, which workers say were fueled by claims of overdue pay and frustration over severe COVID-19 restrictions.

A second Foxconn source familiar with the matter said some freshmen had left the campus, but did not say how many. The person said the departures had no impact on current production, as new employees were still required to take training courses before working online.

The unrest comes at a time when China is recording a record number of COVID-19 infections and battling more and more lockdowns that have fueled despair among citizens across the country. But it has also exposed communication problems and distrust of Foxconn management among some employees.

Foxconn launched a hiring drive earlier this month promising bonuses and higher salaries after implementing measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in October. The restrictions forced the company to self-isolate many employees, and conditions at the plant prompted many to flee.

($1 = 7.1616 Chinese Yuan Renminbi)

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