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A HUAWEI parts supplier will fine its employees if they buy iPhones

You might not like your boss, but at least they aren't fining you for buying an iPhone.

Published onDecember 10, 2018

  • Menpad, a Shenzhen-based part supplier, has announced its plan to punish employees that buy iPhones.
  • The company will reward staff who purchase HUAWEI or ZTE phones.
  • Menpad is providing its salespeople with double their normal commission for selling its products to companies in the U.S.

There’s no doubt that tensions are high between the U.S. and China. Between trade wars and the U.S. pushing for HUAWEI and other Chinese brands to be banned by government agencies, it’s pretty evident that both sides aren’t happy with the other.

The fighting is also likely hurting HUAWEI’s business. To support its business partner, Menpad, a Shenzhen-based company that supplies parts for HUAWEI and other Chinese manufacturers has announced that it will start punishing employees that buy iPhones.

According to a statement given to the South China Morning Post, Menpad will impose a penalty equal to the market cost of the purchased iPhone. It isn’t entirely clear how the company plans to change the employees, but the fine could be deducted from their paychecks.

If this wasn’t enough of a reason for Menpad’s employees to avoid Apple at all costs, the company is also offering to give those who buy a HUAWEI or ZTE phone 15 percent of the purchase price back. 

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This move appears to stem from a public letter sent by HUAWEI to its suppliers on December 6 that criticized the U.S.’s actions towards the company.

Menpad, which manufactures LCD displays, touch-screens, and video conferencing systems, has also announced that it will double the commission its salespeople usually make when a U.S.-based company buys something from the company. Additionally, the company has also stopped buying U.S.-made office supplies, cars, and computers.

All of these steps are likely being taken to show solidarity with HUAWEI and the Chinese economy.

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