China's COVID Rules Cut Foxconn iPhone Output
Foxconn, a large Apple supplier, is operating under the harshest COVID rules in the world while trying to ensure that iPhone shipments are not severely disrupted just before the key holiday season begins, Diksha Madhok, Irene Nasser and Arnaud Siad reported for CNN Business.
Photo Insert: Foxconn’s statement came just a day after Apple said it expects iPhone 14 shipments to be hit by China’s COVID curbs.
The Taiwanese company, which has been racing to control a COVID outbreak at its factory in China’s Zhengzhou city, has started recruiting for the facility once again and is offering bonuses for staff who had recently left, according to a statement posted on one of the company’s WeChat accounts.
Foxconn’s statement came just a day after Apple said it expects iPhone 14 shipments to be hit by China’s COVID curbs, which have “significantly reduced capacity” at the Zhengzhou facility, the world’s biggest iPhone factory.
“The epidemic has disrupted our work and life, but… the company has achieved milestone results in the current epidemic prevention measures,” Foxconn said on its Zhengzhou recruitment WeChat account on Monday.
Anxious workers had reportedly fled the locked-down facility. Videos of many people leaving Zhengzhou on foot have gone viral on Chinese social media in recent days. Foxconn is now stepping up measures to get its staff back.
If they return, staff who left between October 10 and November 5 will receive a one-off bonus of 500 yuan ($69), according to the company. New workers will be offered a salary of 30 yuan ($4) per hour, according to the post.