Workers at China’s iPhone factory were offered bonuses by Foxconn to return to work

New Delhi
CNN business

One of Apple’s biggest suppliers is trying to strike a delicate balance in China.

Meanwhile, Foxconn ( HNHPF ) has to comply with some of the toughest Covid rules in the world Making sure that Apple’s ( AAPL ) shipments aren’t severely disrupted before the holiday season begins.

The Taiwanese company, which has been racing to control the Covid-19 outbreak at its sprawling campus in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, has begun hiring again for the facility and is offering bonuses to workers who recently left, according to a statement. among the company’s WeChat accounts.

Foxconn’s statement came just one day after Apple said it expects iPhone 14 shipments to hit China’s Covid-19 spikes, which have “significantly reduced capacity” at its Zhengzhou facility, the world’s largest iPhone factory.

“The epidemic has disrupted our work and life, but … the company has achieved milestone results in epidemic prevention measures,” Foxconn said on its WeChat recruitment account in Zhengzhou on Monday.

“The park’s production and life order have gradually returned to normal,” the statement added.

Anxious workers reportedly fled the locked facility. Videos of many people walking Zhengzhou have gone viral on Chinese social media in recent days. Foxconn is stepping up measures to bring back its workers.

If they return, workers who left between Oct. 10 and Nov. 5 will receive a bonus of 500 yuan ($69), according to the company. The new employees will be offered a salary of 30 yuan ($4) an hour, according to the publication.

Last Wednesday, Chinese authorities imposed a seven-day lockdown The manufacturing site that houses the Foxconn plant.

Workers will be able to start work “as soon as the district-level lockdown is lifted,” Foxconn said in a WeChat post, at which point workers will be gathered and taken to the factory for a closed-loop system — where workers will be. work and live there.