China urges retired military Staff to work at iPhone factory
China intends to make its retired military staffs to work at the World’s largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou – China urges retired military Staff to work at iPhone factory
The People’s Liberation Army’s Veteran Affairs Bureau in the same province as the facility made the call.
An area-wide Covid epidemic has impacted Foxconn’s output.
The bureau claimed that veterans should “turn up where there is a need” and that they were always under the control of the Communist Party in an open letter published on the messaging platform WeChat.
They were exhorted to “answer the government’s call” and “participate in the restart of production.
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With its headquarters in Taiwan, Foxconn also operates several plants in China.
More than 200,000 people are employed at the Zhengzhou facility, which creates roughly 500,000 iPhones every day and has a population of about 10 million.
A few Foxconn facilities were forced to temporarily close as a result of China’s Covid wave earlier this year.
The Zhengzhou facility has been placed under a “Covid bubble” since the start of 2022 in order to preserve output.
The plant has quarantine centers for those employees who test positive, but this hasn’t stopped the sick employees from spreading the disease.
In October, a few instances were discovered within the facility, and at the same time, Zhengzhou declared a lockdown in specific areas. It was not made public how many diseases there were at Foxconn.
Panic broke out in the factory due to the epidemic. Social media users posted videos of many employees scaling fences outside the factory in an effort to escape.
Because there was no public transportation, many Foxconn employees walked kilometers along a road.
Since then, Foxconn’s production has been halted. Just over two-thirds of the factory’s manufacturing lines, according to research firm TrendForce, were in use.
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According to the state-run Global Times newspaper in China, the factory required 10,000 more employees.
The BBC is unable to confirm a story from the online news source NetEast that Foxconn has requested that the local administration send at least one representative from each community to the factory.
The largest employer in Zhengzhou and a significant exporter is Foxconn. It exported goods valued at more over 261 billion yuan (£30.9 billion) by September 2022.
Apple and Foxconn have yet to react to requests for comment from the BBC.
China urges retired military Staff to work at iPhone factory.