Apple’s main suppliers in China offer various incentives for employees who are willing to opt out of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Let us remind you that the holiday is traditionally celebrated in February. It is reported that this move is due to the fear of a new outbreak of the coronavirus and, as a result, a shortage of labor in production.
Companies such as Luxshare, Pegatron and Foxconn encourage workers to stay in factories rather than travel home. According to Nikkei Asia, in addition to fearing COVID-19 infection of employees, companies are concerned that workers will be absent from work for some time due to mandatory self-isolation. Luxshare states on its internal WeChat channel that employees who are willing to spend holidays at work are “Will protect themselves, family, friends, colleagues, company and country”… Recall that Luxshare collects AirPods and Apple Watch.
Pegatron, a major iPhone supplier, offered employees a $ 617 bonus to stay in the workplace during the celebrations. Foxconn is also financially motivating workers not to leave the factory for the holidays, but the amount the company is offering in compensation has not been disclosed.
Companies are extremely interested in keeping the pace of production going. Foxconn recently faced a surge in orders for the iPhone 12 Pro, and every employee’s participation in the celebrations means they will be absent from work for at least two weeks due to mandatory quarantine measures in China.
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