Foxconn protests tipped to cut China iPhone output 30%

Disruptions at Hon Hai Technology Group’s (Foxconn) largest facility in China could reduce production of iPhones by at least 30 per cent this month, as the country’s zero-Covid 19 (coronavirus) policy sparked widespread worker protests, Reuters reported.

A source told the news agency it would not be possible for Foxconn to get back to full capacity by the end of November, given the scale of the labour unrest.

Foxconn reportedly offered to pay recently-hired workers CNY10,000 ($1,396) to resign and leave the facility.

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The company’s facility in Zhengzhou was hit by protests spurred by fears over Covid-19 and claims of delays in payment, forcing the Taiwan-headquartered company to apologise to workers.

In early November, Foxconn downgraded its earnings expectations for Q4 following a spike in Covid-19 cases at the assembly facility, while Apple warned iPhone capacity would be significantly reduced.

The Zhengzhou plant employed around 200,000 workers before the recent unrest, Reuters stated.