Apple iPhone manufacturer Foxconn apologises for a hiring blunder that resulted in violent protests2 min read
In Zhengzhou, the largest Apple iPhone factory, owned by Foxconn, is dealing with violent protests. On Wednesday, reports began to circulate that workers were smashing CCTV cameras with sticks. Workers were also seen damaging property at the factory in videos.
Foxconn has finally apologised for a “technical error” in the hiring process that resulted in the violent protests.
According to Reuters, Foxconn is investigating the matter and has discovered a technical problem in the onboarding process. “Our team has been investigating the matter and discovered a technical error occurred during the onboarding process,” Foxconn said.
Foxconn went on to say that the problem was caused by an input error in the computer system. They have promised that the pay will be the same as stated during the hiring process.
“We apologise for an input error in the computer system and guarantee that the actual pay is the same as agreed and the official recruitment posters,” the statement continued.
According to the report, the majority of the agitators have stopped protesting. The company claims to be working with a smaller group of protesters at the manufacturing facility to resolve the issue.
Some workers also complained about the factory’s poor working conditions during the lockdown. They didn’t even know if they’d get food while they were quarantined.
Apple iPhones are manufactured in China’s Zhengzhou factory, which employs over 2 lakh people. The factory is also in charge of producing the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models, which are not currently produced in India. The factory’s size and operations can be understood by the fact that it alone is responsible for 70% of iPhone shipments worldwide.
China’s zero-covid policy, combined with an increase in Covid cases, has resulted in more lockdowns. After the protests began, the country declared a state of emergency in the city. Residents have been asked to remain inside.
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