Violence erupted at the Taiwanese company Wistron Corporation in Kolar of Karnataka, where a swarm of workers went on a rampage over non-payment of wages and pay cuts around 6:30 am during a change Saturday shift. During the trial, workers hit stones, smashed glass, damaged vehicles, furniture and other office equipment.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN 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 the necessary protection for the company.
Wistron is one of Apple’s global contractors and the company manufactures second generation iPhone 7 phones and iPhone SE devices in India.
Here’s what we know so far about the violence in Wistron:
1. The company claimed to have suffered a loss worth Rs 437.40 crore. This included office equipment, cell phones, manufacturing machinery and related equipment worth Rs 412.5 crore, infrastructure for Rs 10 crore, Rs 60 lakh cars and golf carts, smartphones and other gadgets worth Rs 1.5 crore, according to company executive TD Prashanth.
2. Wistron filed a First Information Report (FIR) against 7,000 people, including 5,000 of his 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 in an effort to expand its operations in India, but that doesn’t seem likely. Currently 12,000 people work, of which 1,200 are permanent while the rest are contract employees.
4. Apple Inc is currently investigating violence and non-payment claims and employee pay cuts. The company requires its suppliers to provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, act fairly and ethically, and use environmentally friendly practices wherever they produce products or perform services for the company.
5. “Our teams are in close contact with local authorities and we are offering our full support to their investigations,” the company said in a statement. Wistron released a statement on the Taiwan Stock Exchange incident stating: “The company always complies with the law, supports and cooperates fully with the relevant authorities and police investigations.”