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Videos circulating on the internet showed that there have been massive protests at the biggest iPhone factory in the world, in the city of Zhengzhou.
On videos, hundreds of workers marched, as people in hazmat suits and riot police accosted them.
People who watched the protests on live streams said that police beat workers. Videos showed fights as well.
Foxconn, a company that makes things, said it would work with its staff and the local government to stop more violence.
In its statement, the company said that some workers were worried about getting paid but would pay workers according to contracts.
Rumors that recruits were being asked to share dorms with workers who had Covid were also said to be completely false.
Foxconn said that local officials cleaned and checked the dorms before new people moved in.
Last month, the site was locked down because there were more and more Covid cases. This caused some workers to leave and go home. The company then hired more people by promising them big bonuses.
He said there was many police at the plant on Wednesday morning. Other live-streamed videos also showed lots of armed police at the scene.
Foxconn, based in Taiwan, is Apple’s biggest subcontractor, and its plant in Zhengzhou puts together more iPhones than anywhere else in the world.
Late in October, many workers left the plant because there were more Covid cases and claims that workers were not treated well.
Because of an outbreak of COVID, the company put in place a “closed loop operations” at the plant, which keeps it from the rest of Zhengzhou.
Earlier this month, Apple thought it would send out fewer iPhone 14 models because of the problems with production in Zhengzhou.
Foxconn apologizes for protests
Foxconn, a company that makes iPhones for Apple, has apologized for a “technical error” in its payment systems. This happened a day after angry protests broke out at its iPhone factory in China.
Hundreds of workers at the biggest iPhone factory in the world, in the city of Zhengzhou, marched and complained about COVID restrictions and late pay.
People who streamed the protests live said that police beat workers.
While speaking to BBC, a worker at Foxconn they company has fixed the problem.
Last month, the factory recorded more COVID cases, so locked it down. Some workers had to leave and go home because of this. The company then hired more people by promising them big bonuses.
But one worker said they factory changed these contracts.
Foxconn said in a statement on Thursday that a technical problem happened during the onboarding process. But it also said that the recruit pay was the same as in the official recruitment posters.
The company said it was in constant contact with the affected employees about pay and bonuses and was doing its best to address their concerns and reasonable requests.
About the iPhone factory in Zhengzhou
More than 200,000 people work at the Zhengzhou plant. They make Apple products, like the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
Also, on Thursday, officials locked down the city and told people they couldn’t leave unless they passed a Covid test. This affected more than six million people in the city.
It happened when China had the most cases of COVID in one day since the pandemic began. The wave of outbreaks hit major cities like Beijing and Guangzhou.
As China’s economic growth slows, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked it to change its zero-COVID strategy.
The world’s second-largest economy’s gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 2.6% from the previous quarter to the end of June.