Apple Says No New Business For Wistron Supplier After Indian Plant Violence

NEW DELHI / BENGALURU (Reuters) – Apple Inc said Saturday that it had put Wistron’s contract maker on a certification service and would not give the Taiwanese company new business until it took corrective action after a plant failure there. southern India.

PHOTO FILE: Men with a protective face mask walk past the broken windows of a facility run by Wistron Corp., a Taiwanese contract maker for Apple, in Narsapura near the southern Indian city of Bengaluru, India, 14 December 2020. REUTERS / Stringer / Photo File

Early findings of an Apple investigation, which followed violence at the Wistron base in the southern state of Karnataka last weekend, reveal violations of the U.S. tech giant’s ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’, Apple said in a statement.

Wistron failed to implement proper working time management processes, which “caused some employees delays in October and November,” Apple said.

Apple will continue to monitor Wistron’s progress on corrective action, the Cupertino-California-based company said.

“Our main aim is to ensure that all staff are treated with dignity and respect, and are paid promptly. ”

In a statement earlier on Saturday, Wistron admitted that some workers at his plant in the Kolar region of Karnataka had not been paid properly and said he was removing a chief of staff who was monitoring of Indian industry.

Workers made an angry contract over unpaid wages destroyed property, factory gear and iPhones at the plant in early December 12, causing a loss of millions of dollars to a Taiwanese contract maker and forcing the plant to close.

The plant – located about 50 km outside the tech center of southern Bengaluru – will assemble a single iPhone model, which began operations earlier this year.

“This is a new resource and we recognize that we have made mistakes as we have expanded,” Wistron said in the statement. “Some of the processes we have put in place to manage working groups and strengthen and modernize payments are necessary.”

Wistron was unable to deal with the rapid scaling of manpower and broke several laws at this factory, according to an inspection of the plant by Karnataka state officials in the aftermath of the violence.

Reporting by Chandini Monnappa in Bengaluru and Sankalp Phartiyal in New Delhi; Edited by Shri Navaratnam