Workers at an iPhone production factory in India broke windows and set fire to transportations to protest against reductions in salaries, the “Times of India” reported.
Workers at an iPhone production factory in India broke windows and set fire to transportations to protest against reductions in salaries, the “Times of India” reported. The protest started on Saturday afternoon at a facility of the Taiwan manufacturing company Wistron Corporation in charge of assembling the iPhone SE. A majority of the nearly 2,000 employees, who were exiting the facility after completing their night-shift, took on a rampage smashing the company’s locals, equipment units and even tried to set fire to cars and other vehicles. Senior police officers with personnel from Kolar district have rushed to the scene.
Though Wistron did not comment on the destruction, The Times of India reported, quoting local sources, that the employee unrest was triggered by salary remittances the company applied to them. According to multiple reports, the employees were mad that the firm was not giving the promised amount. While an engineering graduate was promised Rs 21,000 per month, his payroll had reduced to Rs 16,000 and, subsequently, to Rs 12,000 in the recent period.
Karnataka: #Violence at iPhone production plant run by Taiwan-based #Wistron Corp at Narasapura (in Kolar district) near #Bengaluru.— TOI Bengaluru (@TOIBengaluru) December 12, 2020
Employees allege they have not been paid properly. pic.twitter.com/GKbeFeyRKc
Non-engineering alums’ monthly wage had reduced to Rs 8,000. The workers affirmed that their salary was accredited to their accounts have been reducing without any explanation from the company. At the end of last week, the workers began discussing their payments on their basements, and some of them asserted that they had received only low as Rs 500 in their bank accounts. Then the irritation converted into violence. Wistron company had gained 43 properties in Narasapura industrial area from the state government, following a proposal to invest around Rs 2,900 crore and employ over 10,000 locals. The Narasapura plant is producing Apple’s smartphone iPhone SE, Internet of Things (IoT) products, and biotech projects.
The giant Apple began assembling telephones in India, developing a first trial run with the manufacture of its cheapest handset months ago. This first step into the Indian market has been a long time coming. The handsets are assembled by Taiwanese contractor Wistron and started shipping to Indian customers in 2017. However, it only has about a 1 percent share of the total smartphone market in the country. India was the second-biggest smartphone market in the world in 2019, before the United States and second only to Beijing. Wistron opened the manufactory near Bengaluru in January 2017, as part of a multimillion-dollar venture by the firm in India. Apple and Wistron did not immediately release any comment on the accident.