Foxconn apologizes for pay dispute at China factory

News Summary

  • Videos on social media show residents in some areas tearing down barricades set up to enforce neighborhood closures.Foxconn, headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan, earlier denied what it said were comments online that employees with the virus lived in factory dormitories.
  • Its tactics include “closed-loop management,” or having employees live at their workplaces without outside contact.Authorities promised last month to reduce economic disruptions by cutting quarantine times and making other changes to China’s “zero-COVID” strategy, which aims to isolate every case.
  • Daily mass testing was ordered in what the city government called a “war of annihilation” against the virus.Apple earlier warned iPhone 14 deliveries would be delayed after employees walked out of the Zhengzhou factory and access to the industrial zone around the facility was suspended following outbreaks.
  • It promised they would receive the wages they were promised.“We apologize for an input error in the computer system and guarantee that the actual pay is the same as agreed and the official recruitment posters,” said a company statement.
  • It promised to “try its best to actively solve the concerns and reasonable demands of employees.”The dispute comes as the ruling Communist Party tries to contain a surge in coronavirus cases without shutting down factories, as it did in 2020 at the start of the pandemic.
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