Protests, clashes erupt at Apple's (AAPL) biggest iPhone factory in China

November 23, 2022 5:52 AM EST

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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) could face more iPhone supply headwinds after videos, circulated widely online, showed hundreds of workers confronting security and police at the world’s biggest iPhone factory in China.

Videos showed confrontations and clashes between factory workers and riot police with one of the live streamers saying police used excessive force, according to BBC. The clashes emerged after Foxconn, Apple’s biggest supplier and operator of the factory in the city of Zhengzhou, locked down the site to comply with China’s strict Covid measures.

Reports circulated online that some workers broke out of the factory and went home while others complained live on stream about the living and working conditions at the plant.

"They changed the contract so that we could not get the subsidy as they had promised. They quarantine us but don't provide food," said one Foxconn worker during his live stream, according to BBC.

"If they do not address our needs, we will keep fighting."

Foxconn repeatedly tried to convince workers to stay and offered new staff higher salaries and bonuses to join the company.

New developments come after Apple warned earlier this month that its customers face longer lead times for high-end iPhone 14 models due to the disruption to production in Zhengzhou. Bloomberg News then reported that Apple trimmed the expected iPhone 14 output by 3 million this year due to supply chain issues.

By Senad Karaahmetovic

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