Author: Ma Jichao

  On the sixth day of the first lunar month, many streets in the Zhengzhou Airport Economic Comprehensive Experimental Zone (hereinafter referred to as the "port area"), the shops on the street have not opened for business, and it is deserted, but people are in the Foxconn Zhengzhou Science and Technology Park (hereinafter referred to as "the port area"). Zhengzhou Park") Liu Gang has been at work for several days.

  The assembly line worker from the iDPBG Division of Foxconn Zhengzhou Park told Yicai that he was really regretful that he could not reunite with his family for a few more days in his hometown, but when he thought of getting more than 10,000 yuan more this month, he felt, For the holidays, "You still eat and drink when you go home, and no one gives you money."

  Foxconn employees who choose to return to work early during the Spring Festival like Liu Gang are obviously not in the minority.

The reporter noticed that although many streets in the port area were still deserted, in the evening, the bustling crowds filled the streets and alleys near Fuxin Apartment, one of the employees of Foxconn Zhengzhou Park. In the dormitory area, the owner of a beef noodle restaurant next to the street told China Business News that these are Foxconn employees, and it’s time to change shifts between day and night shifts.

Some of them chose to stay behind during the Spring Festival, and more chose to return to work early after reuniting with their families for a short time.

  Heavy incentives

  Liu Gang returned to work early on the second day of the first lunar month.

  Previously, on the afternoon of January 20 (the 29th day of the twelfth lunar month), Foxconn Zhengzhou Park had a holiday for the Spring Festival, but the time was very short, only until the second day of the first lunar month.

  Liu Gang, whose hometown is not far from Zhengzhou, hurried home.

After a New Year's Eve dinner and a short reunion with relatives and friends, Liu Gang embarked on the journey back to work.

  Liu Gang said that in order to create an atmosphere for the Spring Festival for more employees and to get more employees to return to work early, he felt that Foxconn (Zhengzhou Park) had put a lot of thought into this year.

  One is that on January 19 (the 28th day of the twelfth lunar month in the lunar calendar), the local area specially organized the "Culture Enters Thousands of Households New Year Culture Enters Foxconn" activity, with high-hanging red lanterns, fiery red Chinese knots, and festive mascots hanging all over the place. After leaving the factory area, a group of calligraphers from the Zhengzhou Federation of Literary and Art Circles splashed ink on the spot, presented them with Spring Festival couplets, and even invited a professional orchestra to present them with live music from cultural programs such as "Blessed Lovers" and "Swan Lake". meeting.

  Previously, from January 9th to 17th, the local area also held a "New Year's goods festival" in the park, providing candy, snacks, braised products, etc., so that Foxconn employees could buy New Year's goods on the spot on the way to get off work.

  A person in charge of Foxconn Zhengzhou Science and Technology Park also said that this year, in order to strengthen the cohesion of the company's employees and enrich the company's cultural life, during the Spring Festival, Foxconn held a number of New Year activities in the staff dormitory area, including caring for employees. , reunion dinner, game interaction, fun activities, garden activities and other 27 sessions of themed activities.

  But in Liu Gang's view, what is really attractive is the incentive policy that costs thousands or even ten thousand yuan, including the continuous service incentive bonus of 7,000 yuan per person in January and the New Year's gift package of 6,000 yuan per person. Up to 13,000 yuan per person, which means that, plus wages and other subsidies, Liu Gang is expected to get nearly 20,000 yuan in January. In some months when the incentive policy is reduced, the wages of ordinary Foxconn workers are about 5,000 to 6,000 yuan. .

  "There are 8 people in our dormitory, and all of them have returned to work." Liu Gang said happily, who can't live with money?

  In addition, the reporter noticed that, in addition to Foxconn's own incentive policies, the port area where it is located has also distributed thousands of yuan in the form of electronic red envelopes to left-behind employees of key enterprises including Foxconn in order to attract more people to stay on the job during the Spring Festival. "Stay post red envelope".

  Under the encouragement of a lot of money, Liu Gang noticed that some office workers who were originally in administrative positions, and even some merchants in small street restaurants where he often went to eat, also appeared on Foxconn's production line.


  But what Liu Gang didn't know was that the Spring Festival that just passed actually had far-reaching value and significance for Foxconn.

  On the one hand, it is to "grab" back the elapsed time.

  At the end of October 2022, an unexpected labor shortage not only led to the shortage of some production line workers, but also ultimately affected the shipping efficiency of Apple mobile phones.

  In November 2022, Apple’s official website issued a statement stating that due to the reduced production capacity of the Zhengzhou factory, the shipments of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be lower than previously expected, and customers will have to wait longer to receive new products.

  Afterwards, with the local government's support for Foxconn's recruitment and Foxconn's own recruitment incentive policies continued to increase, the production capacity of Foxconn's Zhengzhou Park began to gradually recover.

  On January 19, Dai Hongming, the production manager of Foxconn Zhengzhou Science and Technology Park, said in an interview with the media that the production of Foxconn Zhengzhou Park is at its peak, and the production is very smooth. The daily (employee) attendance rate is over 98%.

  Wang Xue, deputy general manager of Foxconn Zhengzhou Science and Technology Park, also said that as early as the Spring Festival, Foxconn Zhengzhou Park had sufficient orders, and the production status had reached a seasonal peak state, exceeding previous levels.

The manpower in the park has reached more than 200,000 people in the peak period, and two shifts are used for full production.

  On the other hand, it is how to continue to consolidate Foxconn's important position in Apple's industrial chain.

  TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo once said in his research report that in order to ensure supply, Apple has transferred some orders for high-end Apple mobile phones to other assembly factories other than Foxconn, although this news has not been officially confirmed by Apple. However, it exacerbates concerns that Apple may gradually reduce its dependence on Foxconn in order to diversify supply risks.

  Liu Gang told reporters that this Spring Festival, in addition to rushing to work on orders for the iPhone 14 series, he and his colleagues have also participated in a series of training courses organized by Foxconn for resumption of work and production. The idea of ​​replacing new production equipment has also become a hot topic of discussion between Liu Gang and his colleagues.

  "In previous years, it was said that Apple (the company) would hand over orders to Foxconn. This year (iPhone) 15, I don't know how it will be arranged?" Liu Gang said that although he is only a front-line employee, the final result may be real. Affect their overtime pay and income.

  In fact, not only Liu Gang, but also Henan Province, where Foxconn’s Zhengzhou campus is located, is also paying close attention to the cooperation between Foxconn and Apple.

After all, since Foxconn settled in Zhengzhou in 2010, it has created employment for more than 1 million local people, and has driven more than 200 upstream and downstream enterprises in the industrial chain to settle in the port area. It accounts for 60% of the total import and export volume of Henan Province all the year round, and its every move will have a non-negligible impact on this large central province.

  (Liu Gang is a pseudonym in the text)