Violence took place at Wistron Corp’s iPhone manufacturing plant near Bengaluru

Jake Blake
Violence took place at Wistron Corp’s iPhone manufacturing plant

The iPhone manufacturing plant, run by Taiwan-based tech giant Wistron Corporation in Nasupara near Bengaluru, was attacked by its employees.

  • Saturday morning on 12 Dec, Wistron’s employees attacked the plant on the issue of their salaries or wages.
  • According to TOI, a majority of nearly 2000 employees who were exiting the facility after their night shift, went on a rampage, destroying companies furniture, assembly units, and even attempted to set fire to some vehicles parked in the facility.
  • Police officials and its personnel from Kolar District rushed down to the facility as soon as they got to know about the violence.
  • In a statement to the media, IGP Central Seemanta Kumar said that 80 people have been arrested related to the incident.
  • “The incident took place early this morning when shifts were changing. We are being told there was a scuffle regarding salary non-payment. We are investigating thoroughly and have taken CCTV footage,” he added.
  • Wistron has not commented on this topic yet. It is known from the sources, that the reason for this rampage was triggered by salary transfers made to them. Employees are saying that they did not get the amount they were promised at the start.
  • “While an engineering graduate was promised Rs 21,000 per month, his/her salary had reduced to Rs 16,000 and, subsequently, to Rs 12,000 in the recent months. Non-engineering graduates’ monthly salary had reduced to Rs 8,000. The salary amount is credited to our accounts have been reducing and it was frustrating to see this,” an employee spoke up.
  • On Friday night, the employees started discussing their salaries on their floors and some alleged said that they had received only low as Rs 500 in their bank accounts. The anger turned into violence by the time the shift ended, the employee added.
  • Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Dr C Ashwathnarayan condemned the violence in a series of tweets.
  • “It is imperative that nobody takes the law in their own hands. There are appropriate forums to resolve such issues without indulging in this wanton violence,” Ashwathnarayan, who is also the state IT and Biotechnology Minister, said.
  • He further said in another tweet that he has talked to the SP, to ensure that measures are to be taken to control the situation and strict actions will be taken under the law against “errand elements”
  • In his last tweet, he said “We will ensure that all workers’ rights are duly protected and all their dues are cleared.”

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