Karnataka labour department finds violations at Wistron | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Not maintaining proper appointment and employment details to workers asked to do 12-hour shifts were among the violations found by the Karnataka labour department, which compiled reports after inspecting Wistron’s Narasapura plant that also assembles Apple iPhones.
It also found that the firm has not maintained up-to-date salary and attendance records as mandated by law and a software glitch is being blamed for improper attendance records, a key complaint of labour unions speaking for workers after last Saturday’s violence. There is no recognised union of Wistron employees.
TOI reported earlier this week that the labour department had issued notices to Wistron’s vendors, but officials could not immediately confirm if the firms had submitted all documents and other details it had sought.
The government has deferred acting on reports by the department until another team led by IT minister CN Ashwath Narayan and labour minister Shivaram Hebbar visit the plant. Hebbar said the government has taken cognisance of reports.
Wistron may resume operations next week
He told TOI: “Karnataka IT minister Ashwath Narayan and I will visit the company to resolve the issues. Any action will be decided thereafter.”
The visit, initially scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed. “We may consider going early next week. The government is aware of reports and concerns of labourers. We’ll try to resolve them at the earliest,” Narayan said.
A government official said the sudden scaling up, which meant Wistron had to accommodate around 8,500 contract labourers at the site, caused the software malfunction. “This needs to be probed,” he said.
Another official said the government is waiting for Wistron to restart operations, which is expected in another week, to see if modifications have been introduced and whether the firm is complying with laws.
“The company is expected to begin working partially next week. It may take a while for full-scale operations to resume,” he added. The government had promised to provide security and safety of the project, employees and property.
The department for promotion of industry and internal trade had advised the government to “complete the inquiry at the earliest, identify the culprits, look into the wages and labour related matters and ensure investor sentiment is not affected due to such one-off incident”.
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