Like the news agency Reuters citing sources close to Apple’s largest contract manufacturing partner Foxconn reports that the plant in Zhengzhou, China, will probably be able to deliver even fewer devices in November than was last expected due to the “mass flight” of employees that took place a few weeks ago.
Street battles between employees and police
The reason, of course, is the riots that have erupted in recent days because many of the employees who were hired after the exodus of some of the former workforce apparently did not receive the promised wages, or at least did not receive them on time.
In order to prevent the sometimes violent clashes between frustrated employees and the police and other security forces, Foxconn recently promised high bonuses if employees left the plant and returned to their home towns. They were offered the equivalent of almost 1400 euros.
20,000 employees are said to be gone again
In the meantime, around 20,000 employees are said to have taken advantage of this offer, with the majority of them only recently being recruited to replace the previously fled employees. The background to the development is a major outbreak of the corona virus in the region around the plant in Henan province. Just today, local authorities announced a new five-day lockdown affecting the city of Zhengzhou. Foxconn’s internal estimates say that more than 30 percent of November’s production could be lost. It is said that full production capacity will probably not be reached again before the end of the month. This is particularly problematic for Apple because the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou is the only location where the expensive, high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models are manufactured.
Apple announced a few weeks ago after the first incidents in Zhengzhou that the delivery times for the Pro models would be significantly longer. While Apple has not yet commented on this again, major US retailers are already saying that the Pro models of the iPhone 14 series will probably not be readily available during the Christmas season.
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