Quanta MacBook factory workers riot over conditions for second time

in General Discussion edited May 27
Following a previous protest over China coronavirus lockdown conditions, workers at the Quanta MacBook Pro plant in Shanghai have again rioted.

The first riot in early May was specifically a clash between workers and authorities enforcing a COVID lockdown. China had been implementing a series of zero-tolerance lockdowns to rid the area of the coronavirus infections.

According to China Times, Quanta workers rioted again on the night of May 21, and into the next morning. The report is not clear, though, what prompted this riot, or what the clash was specifically about.

However, images from the night show many people in COVID protective gear.

China Times says that rioters broke into the site's dormitories housing hundreds of Taiwanese cadres or specialist workers. The rioters are reported to have chanted slogans such as, in translation, "Down capitalism," and "roll back to Taiwan."

Reportedly, Quanta head office officials say they are not clear about the situation, and are investigating. Shanghai police attended the scene at the time, and subsequently two or three security officers have been on site.

China has been steadily concluding its lockdowns, which at one point were affecting over half of the 200 major Apple suppliers in the region. The lockdowns had begun in late March, and originally were expected to end by April 12, 2022.

However, while suppliers have been affected differently, some have been forced to halt production for two months.

Quanta chiefly makes laptop computers for many clients, notably including the MacBook Pro for Apple. In 2021, schematics stolen from Quanta revealed the return of the SD card slot to then then forthcoming 14-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    mac_dogmac_dog Posts: 978member
    Laborers are fed up (on a global scale) and it’s great to see!
  • Reply 2 of 6
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 902member
    mac_dog said:
    Laborers are fed up (on a global scale) and it’s great to see!
    Context: many of the labourers at this factories are being forced to stay onsite or in nearby barracks, often without proper access to hygiene, bedding, quality food.

    This doesn't compare to lockdowns in other countries very well, or the (popularly un-supported) "trucker" protests like we had here in Canada.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,036member
    iKnockoff moron’s headline

  • Reply 4 of 6
    This is why Western leaders did not enforce any lockdowns since the beginning of the pandemic. But there is a huge tradeoff of this kind of policy, over six millions died. Why? Because young people are more concerned about the welfare of themselves and no concerns of transmitting the virus to other people. 
  • Reply 5 of 6
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,996member
    Those outfits look terribly uncomfortable and the employees likely have to wear them at least 12 hours a day perhaps 6 or more days per week.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,458member
    Are you sure it is not a photo from a day filming the TV+ remake of Metropolis?
    mac daddy zee
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