Loss of Rs 437.40 crore, 7,000 people ordered: What we know so far about Wistron plant violence

Violence erupted at the factory of Taiwanese company Wistron Corporation in Kolar of Karnataka, where a swarm of workers raged over non-payment of wages and wage cuts around 6:30 am during a shift on Saturday. The workers dumped stones, smashed glass windows, damaged vehicles, furniture and other office equipment in the process.

Karnataka CN Deputy Prime Minister Ashwath Narayan condemned the incident and state minister for large and medium-sized industries Jagadish Shettar said on Saturday that the state government will provide necessary protection to the company.

Wistron is one of Apple’s global entrepreneurs and the company manufactures iPhone 7 phones and second-generation iPhone SE devices in India.

Here’s what we know so far about the Wistron violence:

1. The company claimed that it had suffered a loss worth Rs 437.40 crore. This included office equipment, mobile phones, production machinery and related equipment worth Rs 412.5 crore, infrastructure with Rs 10 crore, 60 lakhs with cars and golf carts, mobile phones and other devices worth Rs 1.5 crore, according to the company administrator TD Prashanth.

2. Wistron filed a First Information Report (FIR) against 7,000 people, including 5,000 of its contract workers and 2,000 who did not work there, police said.

3. The company planned to hire up to 25,000 employees by the end of 2021 to expand its Indian operations, but that does not seem likely. Currently 12,000 people are employed by them, of which 1,200 are permanent while the rest are contract employees.

4. Apple Inc is currently investigating the violence and the claims of non-payment and reduction of employees ’salaries. The company requires that its suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, act fairly and ethically, and use environmentally responsible practices wherever they produce products or perform services for the company.

5. “Our teams are in close contact with the local authorities and we offer our full support to their investigation,” the company said in a statement. Wistron issued a statement on the incident on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, which said: “The company always observes the law, and fully supports and cooperates with relevant authorities and police investigations.”