Foxconn has begun offering 10,000 yuan ($1,400) to any workers who choose to leave, an unusual decision intended to appease disgruntled new hires who played a key role in violent protests that rocked the world’s largest iPhone factory.
Apple’s main global production partner said in an enotice the sum will help smooth the journey home foremployees. Many of the 200,000-plus workers at Foxconn’s main plant in Zhengzhou hail from elsewhere in the province or country. Butthe intent was also to usher out recent employees that the local government helped recruit, many of whom fuelledtensions among the ranks. The company will replace departing staff, though it may take time.
The payout, which exceeds a month’s wages for Foxconn’s blue-collar staff, is likely to placate some workers who on Wednesday staged a rare violent protest that put focus on the toll of Xi Jinping’s Covid Zero strategy.