Workers at Apple supplier Quanta riot over COVID-19 restrictions

Workers at Apple supplier Quanta riot over COVID-19 restrictions

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Workers at Apple-supplier Quanta riot over COVID restrictions
Quanta employees clashed with guards on Thursday night.
Photo: RFA

New video out of China shows workers at a MacBook assembly plant in Shanghai fighting with security guards. The Quanta Computer employees have been forced to live at their workplace for weeks amidst COVID-19 lockdowns ordered by the Chinese government.

The workers apparently hoped to leave the facility to go shopping.

Quanta employees fight with security guards over COVID-19 lockdown

Quanta’s problems are Apple’s problems. Quanta is the sole assembler of high-end MacBooks, and a mid-March COVID-19 shutdown ordered by Chinese authorities brought the factory to a halt. Assembly has since resumed, but buyers of the 2021 MacBook Pro face lengthy wait times for delivery.

China’s intense COVID-19 restrictions continue to cause problems for other Apple products, too. Those ordering a Mac Studio might find themselves waiting until July.

“Hundreds of workers at a technology factory in China clashed with authorities and flooded past isolation barriers after weeks under lockdown,” Bloomberg reports.

Video of the Quanta employees jumping a gate and clashing with guards was posted on Twitter:

“It is reported that employees are dissatisfied with the epidemic prevention and control and want to go out to buy civilian materials,” the Twitter post says.

A result of China’s zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy

Shanghai’s 26 million residents are under strict lockdown as the Chinese government combats the spread of COVID-19. The government does not allow people to leave their homes.

For the Quanta employees, their homes are dormitories at the assembly plant. For weeks, they’ve only been allowed to go to their dorms or to work. It appears the frustration got to be too much for some of them.