After a week of protests following a food-poisoning incident at the plant, Apple supplier Foxconn’s facility near Chennai in India will remain closed for another three days. Reuters reports that the iPhone 12 assembly plant in India will stay closed for another three days.
The factory stopped producing on December 16 and wasn’t intended to resume until the 27th. This, however, will take effect as of December 30.
Earlier this month, a number of factory employees became ill with food poisoning and required medical attention. Almost 150 workers needed medical attention. The bulk of Foxconn’s employees resides in on-site dorms, where the reported food poisoning happened.
A police officer from the office of the Superintendent of Police in Kancheepuram, a district in Tamil Nadu, told Reuters that Foxconn management had decided to cease work at the facility for three more days.
The officer suggested that workers who have complained about food poisoning and other issues at the company in recent months should file complaints with the state labor ministry.
The article states that on December 30 the plant is scheduled to begin production with a workforce of 1,000. The factory produces iPhone 12 variants.
While Foxconn manufactures the iPhone 11 in India, Wistron makes the iPhone SE 2 in Bengaluru. ET claims that the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone XS, and iPhone SE account for 70 percent of Apple’s smartphone sales in India.
Due to a protest over food poisoning at a Foxconn factory earlier this month, police detained scores of workers. In the southern Indian city of Chennai, the roadway was closed for several hours.
The iPhone maker has encountered opposition in India before. Workers at a Wistron facility in India that makes Apple devices allegedly rioted in December 2017 over the company’s failure to pay them for working overtime, on contracts, and for shifts lasting longer than 12 hours. Apple looked into the situation and heard out employees’ concerns at the time.
When it comes to the people who work in Apple’s supply chain, the company is committed to ensuring they are treated with kindness and consideration at all times. We’ve had people there, and we started looking into it thoroughly right away. “We are also sending more Apple team members and auditors to the site,” Apple said in a statement at the time.