Foxconn, the iPhone factory in Chennai, India, will close for three more days following a shutdown a week earlier due to worker protests.
Last week, protests broke out after more than 250 women working at the factory were hospitalized with food poisoning.
The incident drew attention to the living conditions of workers – most of them women – living in dormitories near the factory.
Some protesters were rounded up by police, but were later released. Representatives for Foxconn and Apple were not immediately available for comment.
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A senior official from the state of Tamil Nadu told Reuters The plant, which employs about 17,000 people, is expected to restart production with 1,000 workers next Thursday. The incident this time delayed the production of iPhone 12 and possibly iPhone 13.
Foxconn in India makes strategic sense in the long term as Apple tries to cut its supply chain reliance on China amid trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
This disruption comes as Apple is still “struggling” to resolve supply chain bottlenecks related to the pandemic. In October, the US tech giant warned that the impact of these supply chain problems would worsen during the holiday season.
The unrest at Foxconn is the second incident involving Apple’s supply plant in India in the past year. In December 2020, thousands of contract workers at a factory owned by Wistron Corp protested by destroying equipment and vehicles for alleged non-payment of wages, causing an estimated $60 million in damage. USD.
Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, California, has made a big bet on India since it began assembling iPhones in the country in 2017. Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron Corp. have collectively pledged about $900 million in the year. 5 years to make iPhone in India.
Huong Dung (According to SCMP)
iPhone production stalled due to worker protests
iPhone production has been halted due to worker protests related to food poisoning at a Foxconn factory.