- Thousands of workers gathered at the Zhengzhou factory in China on Tuesday to protest poor pay and unsanitary working conditions at Foxconn, the largest contract assembler of smartphones for Apple.
- According to protesters, the company unlawfully changed its policies for incoming workers who were hired with the promise of higher pay.
- Videos of the violent protests circulating on social media show groups of workers clashing with local police dressed in white hazmat suits.
- On Thursday, Foxconn addressed their employees’ wage complaints and blamed the issue on a technical error.
- The company offered to pay up to $1,400 to newly recruited workers who choose to leave, while those who wished to stay were promised “comprehensive support.”
- The protests come amid frustrations over COVID-19 restrictions that have confined millions of people to their homes and forced employees to live at their workplaces.
Foxconn, the largest contract assembler of smartphones for Apple and other global brands, apologized for their company’s wage discrepancies after violent protests broke out in Zhengzhou, China.
Thousands of workers gathered at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory on Tuesday to protest poor pay and unsanitary working conditions at Foxconn’s facility.
- Viral videos on Chinese social media apparently show workers fleeing one of the largest iPhone assembly factories in China following a reported COVID-19 outbreak.
- Foxconn, a major manufacturer for Apple, confirmed that it quarantined a “small number of employees” who tested positive for coronavirus in its site in Zhengzhou, the capital and largest city of Henan Province.
- Based on local reports, the fleeing Foxconn employees complained about the poor quality of food and claimed there was no sufficient medical care provided to those quarantined.
- Surrounding cities have started formulating plans to isolate the fleeing workers who may end up in their hometowns.
Dramatic footage of workers purportedly fleeing one of the largest iPhone assembly factories in China due to a COVID-19 outbreak emerged online over the weekend.
Among the widely shared videos is a clip uploaded by BBC correspondent Stephen McDonell apparently showing employees climbing over fences of a facility owned by Foxconn, a major manufacturer for Apple, in the city of Zhengzhou.
After allegedly receiving some encouragement in a dream from a sea goddess, Foxconn founder and chairman Terry Guo has officially announced his plan to run for the 2020 presidential election in Taiwan.
Guo, who will run under the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) party, told reporters while visiting a temple that he was visited by Matsu or Mazu in a dream and received some form of encouragement to run for presidency.
Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer for Apple, has expressed its ambition of opening a major factory in Wisconsin — its first on American soil — expected to create thousands of jobs.
Foxconn chairman Terry Gou announced the plan at the White House on Wednesday in the presence of Donald Trump and two Wisconsin Republicans, House speaker Paul D. Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker.
Taiwan’s Foxconn Electronics, which plays a huge role in manufacturing Apple’s iPhones, hopes to fully-automate all its factories in China.
The company makes its own manufacturing robots called “Foxbots.” So far, there are 40,000 Foxbots deployed in their Chinese factories.
Kunshan, China’s main electronics manufacturing hub in Jiangsu province, has initiated a shift in strategy that could further accelerate the electronic industry’s growth in the area but may cost thousands of workers their jobs in the process.
The county has started replacing some of its workforce with robots in an attempt to reduce labor costs, according to South China Morning Post.
It’s probably a good idea to know what your boss looks like, especially if you are working at the world’s largest electronics manufacturing company. That’s the advice two Foxconn workers wish they followed when they told off Terry Gou, the company’s founder and chairman, after he told them to put out their cigarettes in a non-smoking area.
Terry Gou, 65, is a self-made man with a net worth of $5.9 billion, according to Forbes. He founded Foxconn Technology, located in Tucheng, New Taipei, Taiwan, in 1974. It is the fourth largest information technology company by revenue and employs approximately 1 million people.