Apple factory workers struggle with lockdown security

Hundreds of workers at a tech factory in China clashed with authorities and flooded isolation barriers after weeks of lockdown, a surprising break in the Communist Party’s efforts to to contain Covid-19 infections.

The Shanghai factory, which is owned by Taiwanese Quanta Computer Inc. and manufactures devices for Apple Inc., among others, has been operating under strict restrictions since early April.

In a video shared on Twitter and YouTube, workers rushed through the barriers and tangled with guards in white protective clothing trying to keep them inside.

Quanta employees confirmed the clash that took place on Thursday evening, while the company did not immediately provide comments.

One worker said people are worried about further tightening because there are positive cases of Covid on campus.

The government is taking a central role in managing the plant’s operations, another employee on site said.

The incident underscores the growing challenges for President Xi Jinping’s uncompromising strategy in containing the pandemic.

China has imposed extensive lockdowns to quarantine the infected and prevent the spread of Covid, an approach that has sparked unusual protests and complaints in the 25 million-strong city of Shanghai.

The policy has also threatened the Chinese economy, jeopardizing its ability to reach a target growth rate of 5.5%.

China’s primary strategy for minimizing damage to its economy during continuous lockdowns is for companies and factories to operate in a “closed loop” system, where workers live and sleep on site or in nearby housing. are transferred.

This has helped Shanghai restart production at more than 70 percent of its industrial manufacturing facilities, while 90 percent of 660 “key” industrial companies have resumed production, officials said this week.

But it is not clear how long the circuits can be kept closed, given the resources needed to feed and house thousands of workers at a time. The system also requires workers to avoid contact with anyone outside the circuit, including family members.

the majority Japanese factories in Shanghai have not yet resumed operations despite the city’s assurances that production is resuming.

Tensions at the Quanta factory in Shanghai’s Songjiang district erupted after workers tried to return to dormitories after their shifts, according to Taiwanese media UDN.

More than 100 jumped a gate and ran past the staff with no regard for their guide, he said.

People are getting tired and frustrated under the controls, one of the workers said.

Operations at the facility were back to normal by Friday morning, another worker said.

Quanta is a key partner for Apple, as it generates more than 50% of its revenue from the Cupertino, California-based company while assembling MacBooks and other devices.

The Taiwanese company also works for HP Inc., Dell Technologies Inc. and Microsoft Corp., according to Bloomberg supply chain data.

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