Apple Probes Wistron’s India Facility Amid Riots on Pay Dispute

Article By : Stephen Las Marias

Apple Inc. is now investigating whether its partner, Taiwanese Wistron Corp., has breached supplier guidelines after a riot erupted at its iPhone-manufacturing facility in India last Saturday...

Apple Inc. is now investigating whether its partner, Taiwanese Wistron Corp., has breached supplier guidelines after a riot erupted at its iPhone-manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India, last Saturday, December 12, due to salary disputes.

According to reports, workers rioted at Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing, Wistron’s third iPhone manufacturing facility in India, which just started operations recently. Workers alleged they have not been paid their salaries for almost four months now, and that they are being exploited and forced to do even extra shifts.

Videos showed employees smashing factory windows, destroying furniture, and vandalizing and flipping cars. A Reuters report estimates damages to be around $60 million.

In a statement, Apple said it was dispatching additional staff and auditors to the facility, and that its teams are in close touch with local authorities to offer full support to their investigations.

Wistron, in a statement released to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, said they are deeply shocked by the events at the Narasapura facility.

“We follow the law and are supporting the authorities with their investigation. The safety and well-being of our team members is always our top priority. We will collaborate with related parties to provide any help needed for the employees,” Wistron said in the statement.

 

Stephen Las Marias is a contributing writer for EETimes Asia and EETimes India.

 

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