Workers vandalized the iPhone manufacturing plant in Karnataka

The violence erupted in connection with salary payment issues, over 100 detained

The workers of Wistron Corporation situated in Kolar district of Karnataka, went on a rampage over salary-related issues on Saturday, December 12th, 2020. The Corporation’s facility that manufacture iPhones was vandalized at 6:30 am, during the shift change.

The violence erupted by the facility workers in connection with non-payment of the salaries – a matter that has reportedly lingered on for months. The workers pelted stones, broke glasses and other equipment, set fire to the company’s name board along with two vehicles. They also raised slogans against the management.

“The information we received is that the employees had problems related to their salary payment,” said Inspector General of Police Seemant Kumar Singh, adding investigations were on.

Most workers – on the contract did not get their payment on time, as well as there were many deductions levied on their salaries – claims a Trade Union Leader.

The police had arrived right after the clash erupted and took over the situation. Over 100 people were detained from the manufacturing facility in Narasapura Industrial Area in Kolar district, which is located 50km away from Bengaluru.

“The incident took place early this morning when shifts were changing. We are being told there was a scuffle regarding salary non-payment. We are investigating thoroughly, have taken the CCTV footage. Have already arrested 80 people,” IGP Central Seemanta Kumar said.

“Whether employees are anyone else, whoever is responsible for the attack on the factory and damaging its property, they will face stringent action,” The Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said in a statement.

“If the employees were facing such issues, they should have approached the Labour Commissioner or the Deputy Commissioner of the district instead of taking the law into the hands,” he added.

A detailed investigation would be carried out to get the actual reason behind the unrest among the workers. The Wistron Corporation is yet to comment on the incident.


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