Foxconn, the supplier of Apple products, has apologized for a “mechanical error” in its payment systems, echoing its apology for its iPhone factory in China.
It was found in several news reports that hundreds of Apple employees advanced toward their iPhone factory on the west side of Zhengzhou, China, protesting Covid restrictions and late payments.
The live streamers said on social media that the police were beating protesters.
A Foxconn employee shared that the situation had been resolved.
Last month, the covid situation caused the factory to be locked down, which led to an increasing number of workers opting to abandon the premises. The company subsequently hired new staff with the possibility that those employees would earn hefty gratuities.
But one worker said these agreements were changed so “they could not receive the subsidy promised,” noting they were quarantined without food.
Foxconn released a statement on Thursday announcing that a “mechanical error occurred during the onboarding process.” As a result, the online payment of new employees was “the same as agreed” in the official recruitment posters.
The firm constantly communicated with employees concerning the pay and bonus structure and did its best “to actively solve the anxieties and reasonable demands of employees.”
An employee also stated to the media on Thursday that he had received 8,000 yuan ($1,120) and was set to receive the second installment of 2,000 yuan. He added that there were no more marchers and that he and his coworkers would return to the Foxconn factory.
Apple devices, as well as the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, are manufactured at the Zhengzhou plant employing more than 200,000 workers.
On Thursday, the authorities ordered citizens to isolate themselves from the rest of the town unless they had a negative Covid test – affecting at least 6 million people in eminent domain.
China experienced its most giant wave of outbreaks since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Beijing and Guangzhou were hit especially hard.
The IMF – International Monetary Fund has urged China to reexamine its zero-coronavirus strategy as its economic disaster worsens.
The world’s second-largest economy has seen its gross domestic product (GDP) drop by 2.6 percent in the three months up to June of the current year.
As the Covid-19 pandemic has evolved, the interventions of a standard vaccination regimen have become limited, necessitating more frequent lockdowns, which have led to a decrease in both consumption and private investment.
The International Monetary Fund called on Beijing to immunize more people and offer additional assistance to its humanitarian crisis-hit property industry.
However, some analysts believe the IMF’s recommendations won’t be enough to convince China to change its policies.
China is not likely to be going to the International Monetary Fund for help, so we can make plans to disregard this statement if they do or not. Simon Baptist, a chief global economist of The Economist Intelligence Unit, told the press.