In China, the world’s largest iPhone factory has started riots over Covid and payment

Protests have begun at the world’s largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China.

Foxconn Technology factory workers began protesting overnight over unpaid wages and fears of Covid rates, Bloomberg reported.

Images showing hundreds of workers marching, including special forces police, have been circulated on the Internet.

Tensions are rising in the region after the quarantine regime that began in October amid rising infection rates.

About 200,000 people work at the plant, and last month there were reports that many tried to flee the region.

The Zhengzhou plant, one of the world’s largest, announced new hires earlier this month to bring back workers who quit in recent weeks under poor working conditions with a one-time bonus of 500 yuan ($69.28). they return.

The Zhengzhou region produces four-fifths of the latest generation phones for Apple.

In a statement earlier this month, Apple said it expects demand for the iPhone 14 to be strong despite the global economic downturn affecting consumer habits, but supplies will be lower than previously expected.

Foxconn also lowered its forecast for this quarter due to the lockdown.

“Foxconn is now working collaboratively with the government to contain the pandemic and restore production to full capacity as soon as possible,” the company said Monday.

Foxconn and Apple were not immediately available for comment.