Apple and Foxconn determined that certain conditions for employees working at the iPhone assembly plant in India did not meet their standards. Changes will therefore take place.
Changes for Foxconn in India
Foxconn has apologized for the shortcomings in living conditions that prompted some of its workers to protest, promising to implement changes in its management and health services. The factory will resume operations once the necessary improvements have been made. “We investigated recent issues at our site in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, and found that some off-site dormitories do not meet the required standards.”, said the subcontractor. “We are truly sorry for the problem our employees have encountered and we are taking immediate action to improve the facilities and services we provide”, he added.
Earlier this month, protests erupted after more than 250 women working at the Foxconn factory that assembles iPhones and living in one of the dormitories had to be treated for food poisoning. Production has been at a standstill since December 18.
“We have found that some of the remote dormitories and dining rooms used for employees do not meet our requirements and we are working with the supplier to ensure that a full set of corrective measures is implemented quickly,” Apple commented to Reuters.
Foxconn’s plant in Sriperumbudur, India has been placed on probation and Apple will ensure its strict standards are met before the plant reopens, a spokesperson said. He added that the company holds its suppliers accountable to the highest standards in the industry and performs regular assessments to ensure their compliance.