Bengaluru / New Delhi:
A major union on Thursday criticized the Karnataka government for failing to take tough action against iPhone assembler Wistron and accused him of targeting the company’s contract workers after a wage payment protest is turned violent.
Saturday’s protest over months of alleged underpayment of quotas at a Wistron Corp assembly plant in the southern state spun out of control after a police call.
The Taiwanese firm, a major global supplier of Apple Inc, said in a police complaint that more than 5,000 of its contract workers destroyed property and equipment, causing damage estimated at $ 60 million.
She later told the Taiwan Stock Exchange that the damage, which forced her to close the factory, amounted to $ 7 million.
Hundreds of workers have been arrested or detained by the police and the Karnataka government has condemned the violence, promising to take “the toughest action” against the wrongdoers.
The state said it welcomes foreign investment, calling Wistron a “standard bearer” for India’s electronics manufacturing ambitions. He promised to help the company restart operations and said he would try to address worker complaints.
“The state government is becoming extremely soft with the company and is turning a blind eye to all violations in the facility,” Clifton D’Rozario, national secretary of the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), said at a conference. print.
Accusing the government of only caring about foreign investment, he said the workers had not been paid adequately for four months and that officials didn’t seem to question it.
“They are generating employment that does not pay people – What good is that employment?” D’Rozario said.
Wistron and the Karnataka government did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Apple, which said it was investigating whether Wistron violated supplier guidelines, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.