Apple supplier offering big bonuses to 'returning geese'

From "Apple supplier Foxconn offers new incentives to veteran workers after paying some new hires to leave" posted Monday by the South China Morning Post:

Foxconn Technology Group, reeling from a crisis triggered by China’s strict zero-Covid-19 policy, is offering new incentives to entice back workers who fled its major iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province, last month.

The perks are a sign that the Taiwanese company, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, is desperate to get iPhone production back on track ahead of the holiday season, after delays caused by fleeing workers and violent protests. Just last week, it was paying the protesting workers to leave.

Foxconn’s Integrated Digital Product Business Group, the unit responsible for iPhone production, on Sunday announced a “returning geese” recruitment project targeting employees who left between October 1 and November 10, when tens of thousands fled over Covid-19 fears. This group of former employees could receive bonuses adding up to 12,000 yuan (US$1,672) if they came back and stayed for two months, according to a post on the company’s official WeChat account.

My take: Are these geese enough to bring Foxconn's iPhone 14 Pro production back up to speed? It's very hard to know from the outside what's going on inside those factories.


  1. Cy said:
    Well, when the largest facility making the most important product in the most significant quarter has problems, perhaps the CEO should provide context to impact and plans in order to calm the waters.

    Uncertainty and volatility is not good for AAPL investors short- or long-term and Tim Cook’s lack of willingness to engage meaningfully leaves investors at the whim of manipulators and speculators.

    Further, Cook’s predictable silence when the AAPL rumor mill cranks up has made selling AAPL at such times a requirement.

    Didn’t sell or trade AAPL for nearly 14 years but knew the challenges this year would be too much for Cook. Very unfortunate.

    November 28, 2022
  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    $167,200,000! That’s what Foxconn & Apple are willing to pay 100,000 workers to return to the job site after they paid almost similarly for those good folk to leave. This is becoming almost comical, if I weren’t cryin’ buckets of tears into my Abita craft brewery tub.

    Those workers never would have left the job site if Foxconn and Apple initially had engaged those laborers into the work process, responding fully to their complaints, sensitive deeply to their concerns and giving them unabashedly a participatory voice in seeking solutions for getting the work done. Instead, workers were lied to, deceived, misled and then paid to leave so that scabs could be hired to come in; only to find that they can’t do the work satisfactorily. (My big concern voiced previously over quality control issues).

    Now Foxconn & Apple need to give these discarded workers increased incentivized bonus to return to the job site, but can Foxconn be trusted to fulfill its promised bonus after these workers have been back on the job for the specified two months?

    Foxconn & Apple have blown approximately $300,000,000; and they still are in limbo. All they needed to do from the git-go would have been the establishment of Labor-management Councils giving workers a “voice” on-the-job, responding to their concerns and providing a generous salary increase during this critical period (far, far less than already paid-out) and Foxconn & Apple would have navigated through this storm. Concomitantly, Foxconn could have established temporary entertainment and recreational activities during non work hours and ask workers quarantined how to respond to their needs with reading materials, films, whatever to ameliorate matters for them while in isolation to prevent further spread of disease.

    Unfortunately, Foxconn’s contracted employees who should have been given priority upfront were the very ones least considered (not even considered) until management and Apple realized, “…. we need them desperately.”

    This isn’t Apple’s or Tim Cook’s finest hour. It never should have happened. If Apple had qualified and experienced Labor representatives aboard or had gone out seeking such advisement, this would have been an entirely different outcome.

    November 28, 2022

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