Bengaluru: Two months after violence, Wistron set to restart operations | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Wistron has indicated it would soon restart operations at its Narasapura facility about two months after the unit was ransacked by employees over non-payment of wages. The facility, 60km from Bengaluru, is a major assembler of iPhones. Wistron had committed to investing Rs 3,000 crore in it.
Wistron Smart Devices president and CEO David Shen told TOI the company was looking forward to restarting its operations.
‘Looking forward to welcoming back workers’
Wistron Smart Devices president and CEO David Shen said the firm was looking forward to welcoming back team members. “We thank them for their patience and support as we worked through corrective actions,” he said. He said the company had been working hard to raise standards and fix the issues after the December violence. He said all employees have been “promptly and fully” paid, besides implementing a new hiring and payroll system to ensure everyone is paid correctly and provided documentation. It now has a system where workers can get information and raise concer ns anonymously.
Both Apple and Wistron had acknowledged lapses in payments to the workers in October and November. The facility employs 12,000 people. Some workers went on the rampage in December, damaging equipment and vehicles, breaking office infrastructure, and taking away many iPhones. Wistron put the loss at Rs 40 crore to Rs 50 crore. The company held Vincent Lee, former vice-president of the innovation business group in Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing India, responsible for the problems and sacked him. Apple told TOI in an emailed statement that teams across the iPhone maker, along with independent auditors, have been working with Wistron for eight weeks to make sure the necessary systems and processes are in place at the Narasapura facility.
Apple had said its findings indicated violations by Wistron of its Supplier Code of Conduct and that Wistron failed to implement proper working hour management processes. Sources said Wistron remains on probation, and that they will not receive any new business from Apple for now. Apple employees and independent auditors will remain on site to validate that the new processes are effective.
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