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Violence at Apple supplier in Bengaluru fuels fears of further worker unrest

Thousands of contract workers in India's tech hub of Bengaluru gathered on Saturday outside a factory owned by Taiwanese firm Wistron Corp – a supplier for Apple Inc – to demand unpaid wages and better working hours.

December 15, 2020 / 09:12 PM IST
Apple Inc | Representative Image

Apple Inc | Representative Image

The ransacking of an iPhone manufacturer in southern India could be the first of many "flashpoints" involving local workers in the supply chains of major brands, researchers said on Tuesday, pointing to a lack of rights and recourse under new labour laws.

Thousands of contract workers in India's tech hub of Bengaluru gathered on Saturday outside a factory owned by Taiwanese firm Wistron Corp – a supplier for Apple Inc – to demand unpaid wages and better working hours.

Apple to check if Wistron flouted its supply chain guidelines: Report

As police arrived, the crowd turned violent and video from the scene showed people armed with rods and sticks smashing equipment and vandalising cars, causing up to $7.1 million in damage according to an estimate by the company.