Chinese police brutally cracked down on iPhone factory workers protesting a pay dispute

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Foxconn employees sued the company after it changed its terms of employment and backtracked on its decision to increase remuneration to 25,000 yuan

< i class="i-share-btn twitter"> The brutal repression of workers at the Foxconn plant (Twitter: @adrift_soul_)

The China's largest iPhone factory was the scene of brutal repression by the police against the workers, who were complaining about a wage dispute. The events began on Tuesday and lasted until Wednesday, and included a strong operation that sought to quell these protests with great violence.

This is not the first episode that has shaken the facilities of < b>Foxconn, the largest contractor for the assembly of smartphones and other electronic devices in China. The company, contracted by Apple, had faced another controversy last month after thousands of employees left the factory in Zhengzhou against complaints about unsafe working conditions.< /p>The protests in Zhengzhou began on Tuesday and lasted until Wednesday and involved a strong repression operation (Twitter: @_mm85)

As a result of these events, the assembly of the last one iPhone 14it has been delayed.

The Chinese regime has been trying for weeks to contain the new wave of coronavirus infections that is hitting the country. However, despite its zero covid policy, it is trying to suppress the outbreak without closing factories and the rest of its economy, as happened during 2020. To do this, they resorted to isolating workers inside factories , without allowing them any contact with the outside world.

These conditions were what led many employees to flee their jobs , so Foxconn was forced to offer much more attractive contract conditions in order not to lose its status as a technology exporting powerhouse.

Workers who assemble iPhones in China leave the factory to escape Covid lockdowns

Thus, the company offered higher wages -from 25,000 yuan or USD 3,500– but retracted this increase in the last hours. This sparked the fury of employees who had traveled long distances to take jobs at the factory.

“Foxconn launched very tempting recruitment offers, and workers from all parts of the country they came, only to find out they were being taken for a ride,” said employee Li Sanshan.

He also added that upon arrival they were told that they had to work two more months with a lower salary in order to receive the promised 25,000 yuan.

Sanshan even said that he had given up a He was placed in the hotel industry when he saw the high remuneration offered by the factory.

The videos soon went viral on the networks and show the violent response adopted to contain the riots. The police officers, wearing white protective suits and riot shields, kicked and beat the protesters with batons.

The police officers who confronted the workers wore white suits and riot shields (Twitter: @SababaYofi)

Apple Inc. has not commented on the matter although it has warned of delays in iPhone deliveries in the past 14 after access to an industrial zone around the factory was suspended.

Meanwhile, Foxconn assured that its contractual obligations on payments have “always been met” .

“In regards to any type of violence, the company will continue to communicate with employees and the government to prevent similar incidents from happening again,” the company continued in a statement.

These protests in Zhengzhou come at a time when the Communist Party is facing increasing citizen frustration over the restrictionsby the coronavirus once again imposed in multiple cities of the country, which have led to strict restrictions and confinements.

Chinese police brutally repressed workers at an iPhone factory protesting a pay dispute

China is facing a new coronavirus outbreak (REUTERS)

In the last three weeks, there have been in China more than 253,000 cases and the daily average is increasing, according to the government. Even this week they reported the first deaths from the disease in six months.

These episodes translate to other cities across the country, where people tore down barricades set up to enforce the neighborhood closures.

(With information from AP)

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