A major trade union on Thursday slammed the Karnataka government for failing to take stern action against iPhone assembler Wistron and accused it of targeting the company’s contract workers after a protest over salary payments turned violent.
The protest on Saturday over months of alleged underpayment of dues at a Wistron Corp assembly plant in the southern state spiralled out of control after police were summoned.
The Taiwanese company, one of Apple Inc’s top global suppliers, in a police complaint said more than 5,000 of its contract workers had destroyed property and equipment, causing an estimated $60 million in damages.
It later told the Taiwan stock exchange that the damages, which forced it to shut the factory, were worth up to $7 million.
Hundreds of workers have been arrested or detained by police, and the Karnataka government has condemned the violence, vowing to take the “strictest action” against the wrong doers.
The state has said it welcomes foreign investment, calling Wistron a “flag bearer” for India’s electronics manufacturing ambitions. It has vowed to help the company re-start operations and said it will look to address worker grievances.
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