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Wistron plant violence: Apple iPhone-maker to remove its India vice president

Dec 19, 2020 02:22 PM IST

Karnataka state labour department has found labour law violations at the plant and has asked for answer on the lapses

Policemen stand guard outside a facility run by Wistron Corp, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer for Apple, in Narsapura near Bengaluru, India, December 14, 2020. (Image: Reuters)

Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron said it is removing the vice president who oversees its India activities following violence at its Kolar unit in Karnataka, CNBC-TV18 reported.

Vincent Lee is vice president of Wistron in India. The plant manufactures Apple iPhones. The decision comes a week after violence erupted at the iPhone manufacturers’ Kolar plant.

In a statement issued on December 19 the company said team members’ “safety and well wellbeing is always top priority.”

It added: “Since the unfortunate events at our Narasapura facility we have been investigating and have found that some workers were not paid correctly, or on time. We deeply regret this and apologize to all of our workers.”

“This is a new facility and we recognize that we made mistakes as we expanded. Some of the processes we put in place to manage labour agencies and payments need to be strengthened and upgraded.  We are taking immediate action to correct this, including disciplinary action,” it added.

To this end, the company announced it is removing the Vice President who oversees the India business and is also “enhancing processes and restructuring teams” to ensure the issue is not repeated.