Manpower shortage at Foxconn’s factory in China impacts production and shipment of Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

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7th November 2022 – (Zhengzhou) Apple Inc. said in a statement that due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Foxconn’s main iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly plants in Zhengzhou are currently experiencing a significant reduction in production capacity, and shipments of these two models are expected to be lower than previously expected. The company is working closely with suppliers to restore normal production levels while ensuring the health and safety of every worker.

In addition, Mainland media learned from several Foxconn cooperative labour agencies on Sunday (6th) that in order to supplement the production of workers, Foxconn in Zhengzhou Port District has started pre-recruitment, with an hourly salary of 30 yuan and the contract period will end on 15th February next year. In order to encourage elderly employees to return to the factory, those returning to their hometowns who left from 10th October to 5th November will receive a one-time subsidy of 500 yuan if they seek re-employment. The company will organise vehicles in a unified manner to provide point-to-point closed-loop transfers. A local COVID-19 epidemic broke out in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province recently. The local authority announced last Wednesday (2nd) that it will implement 7-day district static management from 12pm noon on the same day. During the period, all staff would be tested for nucleic acid every day. The area included the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou. It has been circulated on the social media that in order to avoid the epidemic, a group of migrant workers in the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou began to walk home through highways and fields, resulting in a serious shortage of manpower in the factory.

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