Workers at the main iPhone manufacturing plant in Chinalocated in Zhengzhou (center), clashed with security personnel after almost a month living under harsh restrictions due to a resurgence of covid, according to images posted on various social networks.
The workers at the plant foxconna Taiwanese company that supplies the American company Manzana and one of the main assemblers of the iphonethey left their residences during the early morning pushing guards clad in PPE suits, according to the videos, reproduced on platforms such as Twitter, banned in China.
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Some of the guards beat the workers as crowds of people tried to force their way through the barricades. and protested about wages, food during the confinement or the accumulation of garbage.
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In October, images of workers with their belongings jumping over the factory fences and going to their places of origin on foot on the roads due to the partial stoppage of public transport in the city aroused the outrage of Chinese netizens.
Shortly before the exodus of employees, The company had denied rumors that 20,000 of the approximately 350,000 workers at the plant had been infected with covid.
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After the escape of the workers, foxconn he announced an increase in daily wages to attract employees and bonuses to bring back those who had left.
The plant needs to hire about 10,000 workers to standardize the production chain, according to the local press.
Then, the workers were told that they had to quarantine for a week in hotels, and only then and After obtaining negative results in several PCR tests, they will be able to enter the facilities.
Since 2020, large factories in China like the foxconn in Zhengzhouhave responded to outbreaks in nearby areas by establishing the “closed circuit”, which isolates workers for long periods of time at the facilities to avoid contagion from the outside and maintain production, which has sometimes caused protests due to poor sanitary conditions or due to lack of food.
China remains clinging to the ‘zero covid’ policywhich consists of the isolation of all those infected and their close contacts, strict border controls, mobility restrictions and massive PCR test campaigns wherever a case is detected.
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