Apple supplier Foxconn offering bonuses to lure back workers who fled over COVID lockdowns
China's 'zero-COVID' policy slowing iPhone production
Apple supplier Foxconn is hoping to lure workers back to its biggest manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou, China, by offering one-time 500 Yuan ($69.28) bonuses to return after several fled in recent weeks due to COVID-19 lockdowns on the campus.
Most of the 200,000 workers at Foxconn's Zhengzhou facility, which assembles a majority of iPhones globally, are migrants who share small dormitories with coworkers.
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But starting in mid-October, employees starting walking out after reports of coronavirus outbreaks sparked panic through the city of nearly 13 million people and at the factory itself.
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Footage purportedly showing Foxconn employees hitting the road by the thousands began flooding Chinese social media, indicating workers' fears of being locked up for an unknown duration, food and water shortages, and lack of health care as China continues to pursue its zero-COVID-19 policies.
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Apple acknowledged over the weekend that COVID-19 restrictions were hampering production of the new iPhone 14 Pro at Foxconn's Zhengzhou facility, saying in a statement that the plant "is currently operating at significantly reduced capacity."
FOX Business' Paul Best and Reuters contributed to this report.