Karnataka, Dec 15: On 12th of December, workers ransacked the Taiwan headquartered company Wistron, an iPhone manufacturing unit in Nasarapura near Bengaluru. The protesting workers allege that their payment have been delayed and were not paid for their overtime. Building, Window panes were attacked along with the incidents of looting devices and gadgets culminating in a loss of over Rs 473 crores. The workers raised slogans against the management and accused them of violating the labour laws. The police dispersed them by lathi charged and based on the CCTV footage arrested over 150 suspects.
According to Karnataka’s Industry Minister, Jagadish Shettar, the company informed them that they had already disbursed the payment to the contract agencies and that there was a delay in payment to the workers from agencies’ end. The company also mentioned that the protestors were not their own workers, they were hired by some employment agencies. Apple on its part, is probing whether Wistron followed its labor practices or not. On the other hand, Wistron has contended that the Company is pledged to follow the labour laws and is soon going to start production to protect a worker’s right to work.
The government is investigating whether any external force is involved in the violence or not. According to Mint, Ravi Shankar Prakash, Union Minister for electronics and information technology and communication said “the government and Wistron management are working in coordination” to look into the matter. The General Secretary of the All India Council of Trade Unions, Sathyanarayana , opined that that since the workers at the Wistron unit doesn’t have a Union, they were facing trouble to manifest their issue. Many who raised their voice were fired.