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Workers In Foxconn Plant In China Stage Protest Over Pay

Hundreds of workers joined protests at Foxconn's flagship iPhone plant in China, with some men smashing surveillance cameras and windows and clashing with authorities, footage uploaded on social media showed, Brenda Goh and Yimou Lee reported for Reuters.


Photo Insert: "Give us our pay!" chanted workers who were surrounded by people in full hazmat suits, some carrying batons, according to footage from one video.



The rare scenes of open dissent in China mark an escalation of unrest at the massive factory in Zhengzhou city that has come to symbolize a dangerous build-up in frustration with the country's ultra-harsh COVID rules as well as inept handling of the situation by the world's largest contract manufacturer.


The trigger for the protests, which began early on Wednesday, appeared to be a plan to delay bonus payments, many of the demonstrators said on Livestream feeds. The videos could not be immediately verified by Reuters.



"Give us our pay!" chanted workers who were surrounded by people in full hazmat suits, some carrying batons, according to footage from one video. Other footage showed tear gas being deployed and workers taking down quarantine barriers.


Some workers had complained they were forced to share dormitories with colleagues who had tested positive for COVID-19.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

Foxconn said in a statement it had fulfilled its payment contracts and that reports of infected staff living on campus with new recruits were untrue.


"Regarding any violence, the company will continue to communicate with employees and the government to prevent similar incidents from happening again," the company added. A source familiar with the situation in Zhengzhou said production at the plant was unaffected by the worker unrest and output remained "normal."



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