China: Corona lockdown: Foxconn workers flee premises

In China, employees of the Apple supplier Foxconn fled after a corona lockdown.

China: Corona lockdown: Foxconn workers flee premises

In China, employees of the Apple supplier Foxconn fled after a corona lockdown. Numerous videos of workers leaving the company's factory premises in the eastern Chinese metropolis of Zhengzhou circulated on social media over the weekend. You could see how people sometimes climbed over fences and escaped across fields with suitcases and belongings.

The city government later released a statement saying that the Taiwanese company Foxconn had promised to improve living and working conditions for any workers who chose to stay. Orderly transport should be provided for others.

The plant in Zhengzhou, where several hundred thousand people work in normal times, is one of the most important production sites for Apple's iPhones. There had already been reports of extremely poor conditions in the past few days after strict corona measures had been imposed in parts of the city. Employees were therefore no longer allowed to leave the premises, but should continue to work. Workers also complained about problems with the food supply.

China's economy is suffering because Beijing does not want to move away from its strict "zero corona policy". The aim of this is to nip any outbreak of the virus in the bud.

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