Wistron Corporation, a major original design manufacturer based in Taiwan and an important manufacturing partner for Apple in India, said it was looking to restart operations at its factory in southern India. The factory was shut late last year after workers ransacked the plant over unpaid wages. Wistron has been making iPhones in India for nearly four years. Also Read: WordPress VIP acquires leading content analytics platform Parse.ly
Wistron said it is taking corrective actions to raise standards and fix issues at the plant in Karnataka’s Kolar district.
Last year in December, Wistron contract workers gathered on the grounds of the Wistron’s Narasapura facility in the outskirts of India’s tech hub of Bengaluru demanding unpaid wages and better working hours. The crowd later turned violent and smashed equipment and vandalized cars, causing damages worth $60 million.
Cupertino, California-based tech giant had placed Wistron Corp on probation and refused to award it any new business until it sorted out the way workers were treated at its India plant. Also Read: Apple puts plan of building electric car with Hyundai and Kia on “pause”
Investigations at the Wistron plant showed violations of its ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’, Apple said in a statement.
According to Apple, Wistron was unsuccessful at putting together appropriate working hour management procedures, which “led to payment delays for some workers in October and November”. Also Read: Apple AirPods Max – Trial and error led to design innovation; love for sound, colors and materials played important part in development process
“Our main objective is to make sure all the workers are treated with dignity and respect, and fully compensated promptly,” Apple had said.
What’re they saying: “We are looking forward to restarting our operations and welcoming back team members and we thank them for their patience and support as we worked through corrective actions,” Wistron said.