the confined iPhone factory promises bonuses multiplied by four to employees who stay on site

Located in the city of Zhengzhou (center), the factory, managed by the Taiwanese group Foxconn, employs more than 200,000 people. She has been confined since mid-October after the detection of an outbreak of coronavirus cases.

But complaints from employees about their working conditions and lack of protection from the virus have been shared on social media.

Videos circulating on these same networks over the weekend showed dozens of workers, some carrying suitcases, fleeing the site by climbing over the fence and then walking along the road to return home. walk.

On Tuesday, the company announced on its official account of the Chinese social network WeChat that it would pay a daily bonus of 400 yuan (about 55 euros) per day at work, four times the usual amount.

The personnel will also receive an additional bonus in the event of presence at the factory for at least 15 days in November, a bonus of up to 15,000 yuan (2,075 euros) in the event of presence for the entire month.

Foxconn, whose Zhengzhou factory is the one that manufactures the most iPhones in the world for the American group Apple, said it was facing a “long battle” against the outbreak of Covid detected, without specifying the number of confined employees.

The company claims to “cooperate with the government to organize staff and vehicles” and allow employees to leave if they wish.

Local authorities have asked fleeing employees to register upon arrival and then observe a multi-day quarantine at home.

The number of Covid cases in China, although low, is on the rise, with more than 2,000 new cases announced in the territory on Tuesday, for the second consecutive day.

China is the last major economy to apply a zero Covid policy, which results in repeated confinements, quasi-compulsory PCR tests several times a week and the placement in quarantine of people from risk areas.

The semi-autonomous territory of Macau announced large-scale tests on its 680,000 inhabitants on Tuesday after the discovery of a handful of cases, which caused the confinement of one of its casinos.