Employees poisoned by food, India’s iPhone factory shut down this week

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Plant iPhoneFoxconn, near Chennai in southern India, was shut down this week following protests sparked by an incident of food poisoning among its employees. “Five days off have been announced at the factory,” a Kancheepuram police inspector told Reuters on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.

Police in India on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, released dozens of people detained for blocking a major highway in protest following last week’s food poisoning incident at the factory that makes the iPhone 12. poisoning left 150 employees hospitalized.

“Factory workers and their relatives were among those blocking a highway from Chennai to India’s technology hub of Bengaluru,” a police official told Reuters on Monday.

News of the plant closure was also confirmed by a senior state official of Tamil Nadu, of which Chennai is the capital.

Apple recently started trial production of its flagship iPhone 13 at the factory, Economic Times reported on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. The company is expected to begin commercial production of iPhone 13 models in India for domestic and international markets. export in February.

India is among countries, like Mexico and Vietnam, that have become key for contract manufacturers supplying American brands as they try to reduce their dependence on China amid tensions. growing Chinese Americans. However, Foxconn and Apple did not comment on the incident.

The riot at Foxconn is the second involving an Apple supplier factory in India in a year. In December last year, thousands of contract workers at a factory owned by Apple supplier Wistron destroyed equipment and vehicles under the guise of not paying wages, causing damage estimated at $60 million.

REUTERS | NDTV Gadgets | ECONOMIC TIME

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