BENGALURU (Reuters) – Apple Inc is probing if its Taiwanese contractor Wistron Corp flouted supplier guidelines at a violence-hit iPhone manufacturing facility near the southern Indian city of Bengaluru, the Economic Times said https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/electronics/apple-probing-if-wistron-flouted-its-supplier-rules/articleshow/79713233.cms, citing people familiar with the development.
Two battery-powered buggies were set on fire, six vehicles were damaged and glass windows and doors of the facility were smashed by iron rod-wielding workers, according to a Times of India report https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/workers-at-iphone-plant-in-kolar-go-on-rampage/articleshow/79700001.cms.
Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment. Wistron said in a statement it was “deeply shocked by the incident.”
“The accident was caused by unknown persons bursting in and causing damage to the plant with unclear intentions. The company always abides by the law, and fully supports and is cooperating with relevant authorities and police investigations,” the company said in a statement to the Taipei Stock Exchange.
Apple’s supplier guidelines mandate third-party staffing agencies to pay workers and provide them other benefits as per rules and on time, the Economic Times said, adding it will examine if there was any disparity in wages agreed and paid to the staff.
(This story has been refiled to correct typo in paragraph 6)
(Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal in New Delhi, Ben Blanchard in Taipei and Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)