Foxconn, the world’s biggest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China, has recently offered subsidies to workers. When they agree to return to work, workers who fled the factory will receive a one-off $70 (500 yuan) subsidy.
According to the South China Morning Post, Foxconn’s notice on November 7 showed that the subsidy was a “pre-hiring” offer. Meanwhile, workers could only return to the compound after the seven-day lockdown ended on November 9.
Workers who left the compound from October 10 to November 5 have been told to register with nearby labor agencies if they intend to return.
Foxconn is located in the Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone. When the lockdown in the Economic Zone is lifted, Foxconn will transport these workers back into the compound in a “point to point, closed-loop manner.”
The notice came after Apple announced on November 6 that the Zhengzhou facility was “operating at significantly reduced capacity.” iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models thus face the problems of lower than anticipated shipments and longer delivery times.
Late last month, many videos posted on Chinese social media show that many Foxconn workers reportedly fled the Apple factory carrying various luggage packs. They walked down motorways and through fields for days.