Violence broke out at Taiwan’s Wistron Corporation plant in Kolar, Karnataka, where a swarm of workers became angry over non-payment of wages and pay cuts at around 6:30 a.m. during the shift change on Saturday. Workers threw stones, smashed glass windows, damaged vehicles, furniture and other office equipment in the process.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan has condemned the incident, and state Minister for Large and Medium Industries Jagadish Shettar said on Saturday that the state government will provide the necessary protection to the company.
Wistron is one of Apple’s global contractors, and the company produces second-generation iPhone 7s and iPhone SE devices in India.
Here’s what we know about Wistron violence so far:
1. The company claimed that it had suffered a loss of Rs 437.40. These included office equipment, mobile phones, production machines and related equipment worth Rs 412.5 crore, infrastructure worth Rs 10 crore, golf machines and carts worth 60 lakh, smartphones and other devices worth 1, 5 crore, according to TD Prashanth executive
2. Wistron filed a First Information Report (FIR) with 7,000 people, including 5,000 of its contract employees and 2,000 who did not work there, police said.
3. The company had plans to employ up to 25,000 employees by the end of 2021 in an attempt to expand its operations in India, but this 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 claims of non-payment and reduction of employees’ salaries. The company requires its suppliers to provide safe working conditions, to treat workers with dignity and respect, to act correctly and ethically and to use environmentally responsible practices whenever they produce products or provide services for the company.
5. “Our teams are in close contact with local authorities and offer our full support for their investigation,” the company said in a statement. Wistron issued a statement regarding the incident on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, which said: “The company always respects the law and fully supports and cooperates with the relevant authorities and police investigations.”