Two of Apple’s Chinese contractors have decided to continue their operations during the upcoming Chinese New Year, according to the Taiwanese online media source United Daily News.
The reason for this slight departure from tradition, whereby employees are customarily excused from work for the holidays? The need to meet the high demand for two of Apple’s latest devices, the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini.
One of the contractors in question is none other than Apple’s largest manufacturer, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. aka Foxconn. The other is Flexium Interconnect, Apple’s supplier of flexible printed circuit boards.
Foxconn plans on keeping “a certain amount” of its production lines active through the Chinese New Year, which begins on Feb. 10.
It’s yet unknown, though, whether Foxconn is going to reward its employees with a higher rate of pay for working during the holidays. In the event that it does, the deed will likely be viewed as part of the improvements planned for the labor conditions in the rather controversial company.
As for Flexium Interconnect, it has prepared for the busy holidays by training “a large number” of student workers. These workers are set to operate its plant in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, come Chinese New Year.