Riot-hit Wistron plant violated ‘labour laws’ and failed to implement work hour management, according to Apple’s preliminary investigation.
- Wistron’s workers have alleged irregular work hours, underpayment of wages
- Apple has put the facility on probation now.
Apple’s Taiwan-based supplier Wistron plant in Karnataka violated ‘labour laws’ and failed to implement work hour management, the iPhone maker said on Saturday. The riot-hit plant’s workers have alleged irregular work hours, underpayment of wages, and poor working conditions at the assembling and manufacturing unit.
“Apple employees and independent auditors hired by Apple have been working around the clock to investigate the issues which occurred at Wistron’s Narasapura facility. While these investigations are ongoing, our preliminary findings indicate violations of our Supplier Code of Conduct by failing to implement proper working hour management processes. This led to payment delays for some workers in October and November,” Apple said in a statement.
Wistron plant put on probation by Apple
“We have placed Wistron on probation and they will not receive any new business from Apple before they complete corrective actions. Apple employees, along with independent auditors, will monitor their progress. Our main objective is to make sure all the workers are treated with dignity and respect, and fully compensated promptly,” the iPhone maker added.
Several workers vandalised the iPhone maker’s assembling facility in Kolar district over a dispute pertaining to wages. They had claimed that they were not paid the amount that was promised to them.
The number of workers at the Taiwan-based company was increased to more than 9,000 in November from 5,000, according to reports.
Taipei-headquartered Wistron is one of Apple’s top global contract manufacturers.