Fear of Covid-19
Employees at companies such as Apple's contract maker Foxconn have run out. Many people are reluctant to work due to the prevalence of the Chinese coronavirus, which may affect the appearance of the iPhone 12. Now Foxconn hopes to lure workers back to the assembly line with a bonus.
As reported by Taiwanese publication Digitimes, workers at Foxconn's Shenzhen and Zhengzhou factories in China are particularly far away from unspecified industries. The reasons given are strict travel restrictions and controls, and possible risks of infection with the new coronavirus and related lung disease Covid-19.
Incentives are designed to bring employees back
In order to "send as many iPhones as possible to Apple," Foxconn now wants higher premiums for returnees and newly recruited employees. The converted Foxconn wants to pay up to 910 Euros.
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It is not just monetary incentives that should help production return to normal levels as soon as possible. Digitimes reports that Foxconn also wants to provide free bus pick-up and free accommodation and lunch. In addition, they want to maintain high standards of hygiene and disinfection at the factory site to ensure employee safety.
The iPhone 12 is expected to be released in September 2020. It's unclear whether Apple will be able to release the iPhone as planned, and to what extent a corona virus outbreak will affect iPhone 12 production.
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