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Apple investigates Wistron India after violence struck its facility

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Apple said that it will be investigating its Taiwanese contractor, Wistron, after a recent violent event that took place in its facility in India. The event occurred in an iPhone manufacturing plant in the Indian city of Bengaluru.

Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Apple iPhone SE (2020)

For those unaware, Wistron is one of the primary suppliers of the Cupertino based giant. It has been making the iPhone 7 model for the Indian market alongside the second generation of the iPhone SE as well. According to a Reuters report, a group of unidentified factory workers trashed the facility on the outskirts of Bengaluru over the weekend. The violent episode arrives after the employees demanded unpaid wages and better working hours, as per a local trade union representative.

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Furthermore, videos made by the employees have surfaced showcasing men breaking security cameras, windows, and other equipments with rods and sticks. At the moment, the police have arrested 149 people over the violence, according to a police officer. Notably, Apple has stated that it has dispatched additional staff and auditors to the facility. The company stated that, “Our teams are in close touch with the local authorities and we’re offering our full support to their investigation.”

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Apple demands that its suppliers provide safe working conditions, and treat its workers with dignity and respect, act fairly and ethically, and use environmentally responsible practices” when they are making their products or are performing any services for the company. Wistron has stated that it was “deeply shocked” by the events and blamed it on “unknown persons … with unclear intentions.” It further added that “The company always abides by the law, and fully supports and is cooperating with relevant authorities and police investigations.”

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