Amid the growth of cases after a new outbreak of covid-19 in China, with the authorities returning to tighten rules on the movement of people in several provinces (including the capital Beijing), videos of new protests by workers in the city appeared on social networks. Zhengzhou.
Images captured from social networks such as Kuaishou and Weibo on Wednesday (23) show hundreds of people advancing against containment teams wearing protective suits, tearing down barriers and being repressed with tear gas.
Although they have not been able to get official confirmations of the images, Reuters and AFP said they were protests by workers assembling Foxconn iPhones, dissatisfied with unfulfilled promises and bonus payments.
the british newspaper The Guardian points out that the factory in Zhengzhou is the largest producer of iPhones in the world, with around 200,000 workers. In October, it was reported that many workers were fleeing the plant, frustrated with the treatment infected employees were receiving and also with an alleged shortage of supplies.
In an attempt to restore production, Foxconn then reportedly began an effort to convince workers to stay and recruit more staff, promising higher wages and hourly bonuses. The factory maintains closed circuit operations, a system in which employees live and work on site isolated from the rest of the population.
Meanwhile, records of covid cases in China advance. According to official data, 27,082 cases of confirmed virus infections were registered on Tuesday (22), although no deaths were recorded.
Macquarie’s chief economist for China, Larry Hu, told CNBC that the rise in infections in mainland China makes it more difficult for the government to reach the zero covid target without adopting a more severe lockdown, in the style of the one applied in Shanghai from April.
The economic impacts are still uncertain, but Ting Lu, chief economist at Nomura, estimates that the current containment measures adopted until Monday (21) have already affected 20% of China’s economy.