Foxconn admits that a payment error led to workers being paid less, causing violent clashes with riot police in iPhone City, China.
The factory has been in the news for the past couple of days after disturbing photos emerged online showing its workers clashing with government officials.
Foxconn claimed that the mistake was a technical one and that it aftected new recruits. “Our team has been looking into the matter and discovered a technical error occurred during the onboarding process. We apologize for an input error in the computer system and guarantee that the actual pay is the same as agreed [on] the official recruitment posters,” its statement read.
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It is also offering a compensation of $1,400 to workers who want to leave, which FT claims is about two months of wages. However, the situation is not as simple as it appears.
Background coverage shows that the working situation within the iPhone manufacturing plant deteriorated over time. It began with the attempt to keep the factory running while combatting a COVID-19 outbreak. Foxconn had allegedly applied stricter protocols like closing canteens and restricting movement inside the building.
Despite this moves, workers began reacting because the conditions were not favourable to live and work in. Also, the infections was still spreading. There had been reports of max exodus as people fled and villagers were recruited to fill the vacancy and keep the machines running to meet up with iPhone demands.
It appears that the payment error was the final straw that broke the camel’s back and led to the protest.
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