The reopening of Apple assembler Wistron’s riot-damaged factory in Narasapura, Karnataka, has been on hold for some time. On the night of December 12, 2020, violence broke out at the Indian unit of the Taiwanese group Wistron due to labour issues.
The factory was shut down immediately, with the intention of reopening in 15 days.
Things are still in limbo after more than one-and-a-half months. According to sources familiar with the situation, it is up to Apple, which had put Wistron on notice following the riots at its factory, to offer the green light for the Taiwanese business to restart operations.
Apple, it is understood, can only provide the green light if it is clear that Wistron has followed all of the prescribed labour management procedures and norms.
In order to expedite the procedure, Wistron met with Karnataka officials to express its seriousness and obtain an all-clear from the government, which it hopes to use to obtain clearance from Apple.
As the government relents, iPhone production in India resumes.
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According to media reports, the Karnataka government has met with Wistron executives and six staffing firms. The latter are a vital cog in the wheel because the labour supplied by these companies became enraged over unpaid wages and resorted to violence at the 44-acre facility in Narasapura, 60 kilometres south of Bengaluru.
The Karnataka government contacted the six staffing firms — Quess, Randstad, Adecco, Needs, Innov Source, and Creative Engineers — to see if Wistron had allayed their fears.
The government has stated that it will do everything possible to ensure that Wistron resumes operations as soon as possible.
Staffing agencies seem to be happy.
Police are currently conducting contract employee verification. This is a lengthy procedure. The Karnataka government will then investigate whether Wistron has paid its employees’ dues. It will also check to see if the re-hiring procedure is followed.
Now that the process has been expedited, Wistron is counting on Apple to send a team to India and pave the way for the plant to reopen.
An Apple audit conducted in the aftermath of the Wistron plant violence revealed violations of the company’s “Supplier Code of Conduct.”
Our main goal is to ensure that all employees are treated with dignity and respect, and that they are fully paid as soon as possible, Apple said at the time. Around 12,000 people were working at the factory.
Staffing agencies, for their part, seem to be pleased. “We handled the situation calmly, and luckily there was no legal action taken against Quess. Suraj Moraje, CEO of Quess Corp, one of the staffing firms, said, “It’s behind us now.” He added that there is now a good picture of how to proceed in the future.
For the record, the iPhone 12 mini output that was supposed to start by now has been postponed due to the violence at the Wistron facility in Narasapura.