Chennai: Apple puts Foxconn iPhone assembly unit “on probation” for poor staff installations
A major iPhone assembly plant in Chennai has been placed on “probation” by Apple following the discovery that the unit, owned by Foxconn, had failed to ensure quality living conditions for its employees. employees.
Apple’s action follows a statement by the Tamil Nadu government on Saturday, asking Foxconn to improve the working and living conditions of contract workers attached to their Chennai operations.
Sources familiar with the latest developments said Apple’s action came after it conducted a separate investigation and standards audit at Foxconn.
When contacted, an Apple spokesperson told The Indian Express that they hold their suppliers accountable to “the highest standards in the industry” and perform regular assessments to ensure compliance.
âFollowing recent concerns about food security and accommodation conditions at Foxconn Sriperumbudur, we sent independent auditors to undertake additional detailed assessments. We have found that some remote dormitories and dining rooms used for employees do not meet our requirements and we are working with the supplier to ensure the swift implementation of a full set of corrective measures, âthe spokesperson said. .
âFoxconn facility in Sriperumbudur has been placed on probation and we will ensure our high standards are met before the facility reopens. We will continue to monitor conditions closely, âthe spokesperson said.
According to Reuters, a Foxconn spokesperson said on Wednesday it is restructuring its local management team, taking immediate action to improve facilities and added that all employees will continue to be paid while it makes the necessary improvements to restart operations.
The workers at the unit had recently become agitated because of their poor amenities. The turning point was food poisoning reported in dozens of employees and their hospitalization. After employees participated in a protest that affected traffic on the Chennai-Bangalore Expressway, the state government and district administration stepped in for negotiations.
In 2020, Foxconn, a Taiwanese company specializing in electronic equipment, pledged to invest more than Rs 7,000 crore in expanding its facilities in Tamil Nadu.
While Apple has not clarified what “probation” would mean for the unit, according to Reuters, when the company put another supplier, Wistron Corp, on probation after unrest at its Karnataka plant last year , she said she would not assign any new business to the company. until he touched on how workers were treated.
(With contributions from Reuters)