Foxconn set to reopen plant in India after employee protests

Foxconn said it has implemented the necessary corrective measures following employee protests over conditions at a factory in India.

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The Foxconn factory in Chennai was assembling the iPhone 12s before the suspension of operations requested by Apple. The company had decided to block the plant until the necessary changes were made to ensure better working conditions for all employees.

Reuters interviewed some workers at this factory to understand the actual working conditions:

“For the women who put together iPhones, overcrowded dorms with no toilets and sometimes crawling food were issues to endure to get their paychecks. But when the contaminated food made more than 250 workers sick, their anger exploded, culminating in a rare protest that led to the closure of the factory where 17,000 people work.

The workers slept on the floor in rooms that housed 6 to 30 women. Most of the dorms had toilets with no running water. Unsurprisingly, people who lived in hostels still had illnesses like skin allergies, chest pain, food poisoning and more. Government inspectors also said they found mice in dormitory kitchens.

Most of the workers are between 18 and 22 years old and come from rural areas of Tamil Nadu. Several activists said women recruited from farming villages to work in factories are seen by employers as less likely to organize or protest, a factor that made the protests at the Foxconn factory – which is not unionized – even more notable even in the eyes of the government. “

Now, according to The Economic Times, Foxconn has made all the changes Apple also requested, and employees are expected to return to work soon.

“We have been working on a number of improvements to resolve the issues we have encountered in the offsite dormitories in Sriperumbudur and to improve the services we provide to our employees.”Foxconn India said in a statement. “We have put in place a series of corrective actions to ensure this does not happen again and a rigorous monitoring system to ensure that workers can raise concerns, even anonymously.”.

The facility’s operations will not resume until the government and Apple approve the hostel’s terms.

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