China’s Henan goes on charm offensive to assure Foxconn chairman of comprehensive ‘services’ for world’s largest iPhone factory
- The Chinese Communist Party ’s Secretary in Henan met Foxconn’s Liu Young-way three months after the firm’s plant in Zhengzhou was rocked by riots
- The meeting on Wednesday marked China’s latest effort to preserve its major role in Apple’s manufacturing supply chain
Foxconn, which had been derisively described as a “sweatshop” by some non-governmental organisations many years ago, was complimented by Lou as “a world-renowned intelligent manufacturing enterprise”, adding that he hoped the Taiwan- based company will “take root in Henan and deeply cultivate in Henan”, according to the statement.
At the meeting on Wednesday, Foxconn’s Liu said the Taiwanese firm values its cooperation with Henan and thanked provincial authorities for helping it continue production in Zhengzhou even “under multiple waves of the pandemic”, according to the statement.
Foxconn’s integrated Digital Product Business Group (iDPBG), the division responsible for iPhone production, on Thursday published its first recruitment post since late December. The firm said it was looking for full-time workers, but did not specify the amount of extra bonuses like it usually provided in the past.
The slow recruitment drive is in sharp contrast to February last year, when the iDPBG sent out at least 20 WeChat posts to offer a 5,400 yuan (US$783.34) subsidy for each full-time worker and another 600 yuan for each new worker they refer.
An employee at a Henan-based third-party recruitment agency indicated that the number of workers needed at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou facility was “significantly lower” in February, compared with the same period last year. This employee, who declined to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to media, said there was no call for short-term workers at this time probably because of weak demand for consumer electronics.