riots at plant in Zhengzhou, Foxconn apologizes for a “mistake” in hiring

riots at plant in Zhengzhou, Foxconn apologizes for a “mistake” in hiring
riots at plant in Zhengzhou, Foxconn apologizes for a “mistake” in hiring
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The Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn said a “technical error” occurred while hiring new workers for its COVID-19-hit plant in China, apologizing to workers after unrest broke out at the factory yesterday. Hundreds of workers smashed surveillance cameras and clashed with security personnel at the Zhengzhou plant, expressing frustration over draconian pandemic restrictions and lamenting payment delays in Foxconn’s promised wage bonuses to new hires. Some also complained of poor security conditions, saying they were forced to share dormitories with colleagues who tested positive for the coronavirus. “Our team investigated this matter and learned that a technical error occurred during the onboarding process for new employees,” Foxconn said in a statement. “We apologize for the input error into the computer system and guarantee that the actual salary is the same as agreed and as featured on the official recruitment posters,” the company added.

The wider protests have been put down and the company is said to be confronting other small groups of protesters. According to the “South China Morning Post” newspaper, in an attempt to appease the riots, Foxconn also promised to pay $1,400 to each new employee willing to leave the factory. The salary offer – not confirmed by the multinational – provides for the payment of 1,119 dollars in the event of immediate resignation, followed by a bonus of another about 280 dollars for employees willing to get on a bus headed outside the facility. The Zhengzhou administration yesterday announced a five-day de facto lockdown from November 25 to 29, during which blanket diagnostic tests for the diagnosis of Covid-19 will be conducted.

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