Hundreds of workers in an Apple China plant clashed with authorities and guards over COVID rules. The workers didn’t follow instructions and rushed away outside the isolation barriers. The incident took place on Thursday (5 May) evening.
Apple China Plant Clash
Taiwanese company Quanta Computer runs the plant. The company assembles devices for companies like Apple and others. Since the beginning of April, the company has been operating with tight restrictions. Currently, all the plants in Shanghai are working in a “Closed Loop” system.
In the close loop system, workers live in factories even after their shift ends. They eat and sleep either on the company campus or in a nearby accommodation center. Workers are restricted from making any contract with someone outside the loop, even with their family members.
Workers tried to run away from the campus because they thought the restrictions could be further increased as COVID cases were reported within the campus. One of the workers said they are tired and frustrated living under control. Another worker said the production at the facility has returned to normal the very next day after the clash.
Quanta Computer hasn’t commented on the incident in their plant. Around 50% of the company’s revenue comes from Apple. The company mainly assembles MacBooks for Apple. The remaining revenue is from other tech companies like HP, Dell, Microsoft, etc.
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