Over the past few weeks, there have been several reports regarding the Foxconn Zhengzhou plant. This factory is the largest iPhone factory in China. The Chinese government’s very strict COVID-19 restrictions are not helping the plant. Because of the strict restrictions, Foxconn had to stop workers from leaving the factory environment. Also, these workers cannot eat in the dining hall. They all have to eat in the dorm rooms. However, the factory workers did not find this situation interesting. They took the law into their own hands and started walking out of the factory a few weeks ago. Their absence is already leading to a shortage of iPhones.
Apple Foxconn workers revolt
In a recent video on Twitter, workers at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant could be seen fighting with security operatives. The workers, mostly new recruits, claim they have not been told the truth. They claim they are added to the old workers who may be COVID positive. They also accused Foxconn of presenting a contract that was different from what they were told. According to previous reports, due to pressure from Apple, Foxconn was able to hire no less than 100,000 workers. These workers had to be paid very high wages. However, Foxconn does not appear to have honored this deal. Now the workers are feeling angry and some are panicking.
This situation affects the production of the iPhone 14 series. According to Apple, the shortage of workers will affect the mass production of the iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models will be more affected. Apple is being cautious given that it’s the holiday season. There is usually a boom in sales of popular iPhones during the holiday season.
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Possible iPhone manufacturing alternatives
One thing that is certain is that Apple will want to move iPhone production out of China. Foxconn is one of China’s largest employers as well as a taxpayer. Thus, the Chinese government does not want Foxconn to lose Apple. In the disturbing video on Twitter, we can see hundreds of Foxconn workers pushing the guards. There are also videos of workers jumping over obstacles and engaging in free-for-all combat. Inside reports claim the fight is over wages that are yet to arrive. The report also claims that workers fear a possible outbreak of COVID.
There are a few countries where Apple can feel more secure. Vietnam and Mexico are already very good opportunities for Apple. India also feels like a good place for Apple to move some of its manufacturing. However, wherever Apple goes, it will need to create a supply chain. This supply chain must be able to supply components that meet Apple’s standards. Foxconn Zhengzhou is believed to be responsible for 50% of the world’s iPhone sales. Thus, a riot at such a factory could cause a shortage of iPhones.