A First Information Report (FIR) was filed against 7,000 unknown people, including 5,000 contract workers, in connection with violence and vandalism at the facility of Wistron Pvt Ltd, an iPhone maker, at its factory in Kolar.
The unrest erupted over a wage dispute. One employee who spoke to Mint said the company is cheating workers with overtime pay, pay and even frequented an assault.
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“Security guards attacked us as we waited in line to intrude on our presence at the dining hall,” one employee said, requesting anonymity.
Wistron is one of Apple’s global entrepreneurs and the company manufactures iPhone 7 phones and second-generation iPhone SE devices in India.
Key updates in the case so far:
Back to Apple’s expansion plans
The effort of Apple Inc. expanding the manufacture of its products in India got into trouble after the violence at the Kolar factory.
The company planned to hire up to 25,000 employees by the end of 2021 to expand its Indian operations. Currently 12,000 people are employed by them, of which 1,200 are permanent while the rest are contract employees.
The collision is part of a broader geopolitical challenge for Apple, the most valuable company in the world with a market capitalization of $ 2 trillion. The Cupertino, California-based company has long manufactured its iPhones and iPads in China from entrepreneurs like Wistron and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., but political tensions between China and the U.S. have raised the risks of dependence on a single production. base.
Apple’s investigation into the violence
Apple Inc. launched an inquiry into labor violence. “Apple is committed to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with dignity and respect. We have teams on site and have immediately launched a detailed investigation at Wistron’s Narasapura facility in India,” Apple said in a statement Monday.
The company said it is sending additional team members and auditors to the facility. “Our teams are in close contact with the local authorities and we offer our full support to their investigation,” it added.
FIR against unknown persons
Up to 7,000 people were booked in connection with violence and vandalism at the Wistron facility. In the FIR, the company stated that it had suffered losses ₹Rs 437.7 crore during the violence on 12 December.
Damage was done to the buildings, office materials, vehicles and other things, according to the FIR registered at the Vemagal police station, Kolar.
The Taiwan-based company said the protesters are not their own workers, suggesting they may have been employed by employment agencies, although it is not clear who is responsible for paying them.
Wistron Corporation said it suffered a loss ₹437.40 crore. A large number of employees reportedly committed arson, looting and violence at Wistron’s Narasapura factory due to wage issues on Saturday.
They damaged the building, damaged vehicles, set them on fire, damaged expensive equipment including machines and computers.
In his complaint at the Vemagal police station, corporate executive TD Prashanth stated that office equipment, mobile phones, production machines and related equipment are worth ₹412.5 crore was lost.
Infrastructure is worth it ₹10 crores, ₹60 lakhs is worth cars and golf carts, mobile phones and other appliances ₹1.5 million were among those who suffered the damage, stolen or lost.
Company in shock
The managing director of the Wistron India Sudipto Gupta said in a statement that the company was in deep shock due to the events at its Narasapura facility.
“We follow the law and support the authorities through their investigation. The safety and well-being of our team members is always our top priority,” Gupta said in a statement to the media.
Political parties are seeking investigation
Political parties in Karnataka on Sunday sought a thorough investigation into the violence at the Wistron factory as they expressed concerns about its possible impact on the investment-friendly image of the state.
By condemning the violence, the state government has already ensured necessary action. Leaders of the ruling BJP and opposition Congress called the incident unfortunate and sought a detailed investigation.
“It is unfortunate that Wistron factory was violently attacked by agitating workers near Kolar. At a time when many companies are relocating base from China to India, such attacks give a bad name to the state. I ask CM BS Yediyurappa to order an investigation. In this that incident, ”tweeted BJP national general secretary CT Ravi.