In India, Apple is hiring Wistron, a Taiwanese manufacturer with a factory located in Kolar, India, to assemble iPhones for sale in the region and surrounding areas. Protests erupted over the weekend over wages of factory workers. The protests are said to have sparked riots and resulted in thousands of iPhones being looted by the factory.
As reported The Times of India, Wistron estimates the overall damage exceeds about Rs 437 crore (more than $ 59 million). This includes damage to the factory assembly line, factory property and thousands of stolen iPhones. The violence reportedly lasted two hours, during which the damage occurred this Saturday.
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Labor Minister Shrvram Hebbar says Wistron has hired six companies to hire about 8,900 employees at the Kolar factory. These contractors were paid by the company for their workers, but Wistron has a conflict with the contract workers for up to three months, according to the government. The Labor Minister condemned the violence, calling the company’s losses “unacceptable”.
Industry Minister Jagadish Shettar attributed the violence to miscommunications between the three parties: Wistron, the workers and the employees. “We hear that the company paid the workers who delayed payments to the employees. This is verified. “
The labor department issued notices to Wistron, saying the company had three days to pay the employees, either from Wistron or from the labor contractors. Kolar police are investigating whether the violence was planned as intentional acts to destroy property.