Protests break out at iPhone factory in China
A protest has broken out at Foxconn’s factory in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, where Apple produces the majority of its iPhones, with workers seen outside the building arguing with authorities and marching in protest over pay and working conditions.
Reports claim that windows and surveillance cameras have been smashed as hundreds of workers begin taking part in the unrest, which Reuters suggests is from a delay in pay and insufficient food for the factory staff.
“The rare scenes of open dissent in China mark an escalation of unrest at the massive factory in Zhengzhou city that has come to symbolise a dangerous build-up in frustration with the country’s ultra-harsh COVID rules as well as inept handling of the situation by the world’s largest contract manufacturer,” the report says.
Foxconn is Apple’s primary iPhone supplier, responsible for over 60% of the company’s iPhone production.
Footage on social media shows employees surrounded by people in full hazmat suits, some carrying batons, who were trying to calm the unrest.
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