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Police beat up workers protesting a pay dispute at Apple’s largest iPhone factory.

Police beat up workers protesting a pay dispute at Apple’s largest iPhone factory, whose new model is delayed by imposed controls as China tries to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Foxconn, the largest contract assembler of smartphones and other electronics, is struggling to fill orders for the iPhone 14 after thousands of employees walked out of the factory in the central city of Zhengzhou last month over complaints about shipping conditions. unsafe work.

China’s status as an export power rests on factories like Foxconn’s that assemble the world’s electronics, toys and other consumer goods.

The ruling Communist Party is trying to contain the latest wave of outbreaks without shutting down factories and the rest of its economy as it did in early 2020. Its tactics include “closed-loop management,” under which workers live in their factories without access to the outside. Contact.

Foxconn offered higher wages to attract more workers to the Zhengzhou factory to assemble the iPhone 14, which starts at $799 in the United States.

A protest broke out on Tuesday after employees who had traveled long distances to work at the factory complained that the company changed the terms of their pay, according to an employee, Li Sanshan.

Li said he quit a catering job when he saw an advertisement promising 25,000 yuan (3,500 US dollars) for two months of work. That would be a significant increase over the average salary for this type of work in the area.

After the employees arrived, the company said they had to work two more months at a lower salary to receive the 25,000 yuan, according to Li.

“Foxconn put out very tempting recruiting offers, and workers came from all over the country, only to find out they were being cheated,” he said.

Videos online showed thousands of people wearing masks facing rows of police in white protective suits with plastic riot shields. Police kicked and clubbed a protester after he grabbed a metal pole that had been used to beat him. The people who filmed the footage said it was filmed on site.

The protests in Zhengzhou come as the ruling Communist Party faces growing frustration over restrictions in areas of China that have closed shops and offices and confined millions of people to their homes.

That has turned into protests in some cities. Videos on social media show residents tearing down barricades set up to enforce neighborhood lockdowns.

The ruling party promised this month to try to reduce disruptions by shortening lockdowns and making other changes. But the party is sticking to a “zero COVID” strategy that aims to isolate each case while other governments relax controls and try to live with the virus.

The protest in Zhengzhou lasted until Wednesday morning when thousands of workers gathered in front of the dormitories and clashed with factory security workers, according to Li.

Apple Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The company previously warned that iPhone 14 deliveries would be delayed after access to an industrial zone around the Zhengzhou factory, which Foxconn says employs 200,000 people, was suspended following the outbreaks.

Other videos showed protesters spraying fire extinguishers at police.

A man who identified himself as the Communist Party secretary in charge of community services appeared in a video posted on the Sina Weibo social media platform urging protesters to withdraw. He assured them that their demands would be met.

Foxconn, which is headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan, said its contractual obligation on payments “has always been met.”

The company denied what it said were online comments that employees with the virus were living in dormitories at the Zhengzhou factory. He said the facility was disinfected and passed government checks before employees moved in.

“Regarding any violence, the company will continue to communicate with employees and the government to prevent similar incidents from happening again,” a company statement said.

Foxconn offered up to 10,000 yuan (US$1,400) to newly hired employees who wanted to quit and return home, financial news outlet Cailianshe reported, citing unnamed recruiting agents.

Foxconn did not respond to a request for confirmation or details.

The protests have erupted as the number and severity of outbreaks have increased in China, prompting areas like Beijing, the capital, to lock down neighborhoods and impose other restrictions that residents say go beyond what the government allows. national.

More than 253,000 cases have been found in the past three weeks and the daily average is rising, the government said on Tuesday. This week, authorities reported the first deaths from COVID-19 in China in six months.

The government will enforce its anti-COVID policy while “resolutely overcoming the paralysis and lax mentality,” said a spokesperson for the National Health Commission, Mi Feng.

Early Thursday, the government reported a total of 31,656 cases found in the last 24 hours, including 27,646 without symptoms and 212 infections it said were acquired abroad. The total was up about 10 percent from the previous day.

Also on Thursday, people in eight districts of Zhengzhou with a total of 6.6 million residents were told to stay at home for five days, leaving only to buy food or receive medical treatment.

Daily mass testing was ordered in what the city government called a “war of annihilation” against the virus.

The government of the city of Guangzhou, the site of the biggest outbreaks, announced on Wednesday that it had opened 19 temporary hospitals with a total of nearly 70,000 beds for coronavirus patients. The city announced plans last week to build hospitals and quarantine facilities for 250,000 people.

Also on Wednesday, Beijing opened a hospital in an exhibition center and suspended access to the Beijing University of International Studies after a virus case was found there. The capital previously closed shopping malls and office buildings and suspended access to some apartment complexes.


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