Apple’s iPhone manufacturing plant at Narasapura near Bengaluru was attacked on Saturday by its employees. The reason is said to be over issues in payments and salary reductions. The iPhone plant run by Taiwanese tech giant Wistron Corporation was vandalised by thousands of workers.
The factory that was attacked currently assembles the second-generation iPhone SE 2020, IoT products and biotech devices. Police sources said the employee unrest was triggered by salary remittances and an investigation is currently underway. Both Apple and Wistron are yet to comment on the violent incident.
Workers at Apple’s Wistron plant rioted on Saturday over pay issues
Multiple sources report that around 2,000 workers who were exiting the facility after a night shift damaged office furniture and assembly units and attempted to set vehicles on fire. In the videos that circulated online, the mobs were seen breaking glass panes and doors.
According to the police FIR, the workers moved to the production unit where phones and other valuables belonging to the employees kept in a locker were looted. Equipment including production machinery, phones, laptops, etc., worth Rs 412 crore were lost in the violence. The most damage was to the front office area including floors and ceilings, which are estimated to be around Rs 10 crore.
Apple is investigating alleged violations of labour rights by Wistron
Initial nvestigations suggest that the salary amount credited to the employee’s accounts have been reducing, which resulted in the unrest. In the latest developments, ET reported that Apple has launched a probe into the Wistron factory violence to investigate if the labour rights were violated by the supplier.
The Cupertino-based giant said in a statement, “Apple is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our supply chain is treated with dignity and respect. We have teams on the ground and immediately launched a detailed investigation at Wistron’s Narasapura facility in India.”’
Wistron has a 43-acre plant at Narasapura industrial area with the state government investing around Rs 3,000 crore, and employment being provided to over 10,000 people. It’s unlikely that the iPhone SE 2020 which is made at the facility will take any production hit.