Suffered Rs 437 crore hit due to staff rampage in Kolar unit: Wistron | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Saturday’s violence at Wistron’s Kolar plant, where it assembles iPhones, has caused Rs 437-crore losses, estimates made by the firm in its complaint to police and labour department said. It is estimated that the losses are primarily due to the theft of thousands of iPhones (allegedly looted from the unit during violence), damage caused to the assembly line and the factory.
Condemning the two-hour violence, state labour minister Shivaram Hebbar told TOI that the losses caused to the company were ‘unacceptable’. “We are all for labour welfare, but taking the law into one’s hands cannot go unpunished,” he added.
According to the government, the dispute between Wistron and the contract labourers has been going on for the past three months.
Govt orders company to pay workers in 3 days
The labour minister said Wistron had contracted six subsidiary companies to hire as many as 8,900 people at the Kolar unit.
“Besides these labourers, the company had 1,200 permanent employees. With no registered trade union and the violence unleashed primarily by contract labourers, the labour department will assess what went wrong,” he added.
Industries minister Jagadish Shettar said the violence was, perhaps, fuelled by miscommunication between Wistron, the contractors and the employees. “What we hear is that the company had made payments to the labour contractors, who delayed payments to the employees. This is being verified,” he said.
Hebbar said the labour department has issued notices to Wistron, asking the firm to pay the dues in three days. “Employees must be paid salaries — whether it comes from Wistron or labour contractors,” he added.
Shettar said the Karnataka government’s chief secretary and principal secretary
(industries) were talking to the parent firm in Taiwan. “We’ll make all efforts to allay fears of the industry and ensure the culprits are booked,” he said.
Sources said the Kolar superintendent of police will also probe whether the violence was a premeditated effort aimed at destroying the company’s property.

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