What is happening at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou (China, Henan)? Hundreds of images and videos have surfaced on social media showing a protest breaking out at the world’s largest iPhone manufacturing plant. Chinese authorities have imposed a new containment around the factory since November following a new wave of COVID-19.
We are talking here about a huge industrial site, which employs more than 200,000 people – most of whom have on-site company accommodation provided by Foxconn, within the perimeter of the site itself. Faced with very strict instructions from the authorities, Foxconn took the decision to confine the factory with the workers inside. And since then, the factory site still seems to have many workers… who don’t seem to appreciate being deprived of their rights in this way.
What’s going on at the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou?
Thus, when the confinement was announced, hundreds of them had tried to flee, even if it meant losing their jobs. But now, it is with rebellion that the employees thus confined are trying to make themselves heard, and to put an end to what is de facto a form of detention justified by the zero-covid strategy that the country’s authorities continue to defend. .
Thus, in a live video extract, we could see dozens of workers chanting “Let’s defend our rights! “, in front of rows of police on the outskirts of the factory. Other images show the workers trying to build barricades or sow obstacles in the face of police who charge in some images and use tear gas. However, it is not yet known exactly how these riots ended.
Because of course China exercises strict control over the information that circulates on the internet – and social networks now censor all keywords related to these demonstrations. But a few still remain online. For the time being, it is not yet known whether this will have an impact on the production of iPhones and other electronic devices in this period traditionally conducive to purchases.
Foxconn is China’s largest private employer with more than 1 million workers dispersed across 30 factories and research institutes. The management of COVID by the Chinese government and the situation in China of Foxconn factories should in any case encourage Apple and other large firms to accelerate the diversification (or relocation) of their production.
Apple, in particular, will soon start manufacturing the most advanced iPhone chips in the United States, and in the longer term also in Europe.