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A Labor Minister in India has officially stated that the riot at Wistron's iPhone plant fell squarely on the company with the Government blameless

1 x Cover  Wistron plant where riot occured


A new report from India states that Karnataka Labor Minister Shivaram Hebbar has said that the vandalism that took place at Wistron Corporation's Narsapur plant in Kolar district last year was due to its own fault as it failed to address the issues of the aggrieved employees.


In order for Wistron to be given the green light to reopen they had to basically confess that the riots were entirely their fault and that they failed to follow the law. The Legislative Council member, Govindraju, stated on record that "Neither the Labor department nor the government is at fault in this case at all."


Minister Hebbar added that the plant had grossly violated government's stipulated norms, such as going overboard in hiring employees under contract system besides changing its eight-hour shift to 12-hour shift without 'properly intimating' employees and failing to convey them about their change in salary component.


Hebbar further added that Wistron had failed to act in-time despite 'aggrieved employees' repeatedly bringing it to their managers' notice about their salary getting delayed and their attendance marked improperly.


Listing out reasons, Hebbar added that the sudden change in their working shift from eight hour to 12-hour had not translated into a rise in their salaries.


He explained that "Their new attendance system failed to function due to some technical snags. This company had failed to address in-time, hence, a section of the employees went on a rampage in the plant premises on December 12, 2020. Apart from this, the company had credited their salaries late on December 11, 2020. Therefore, the employees went berserk."


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He added that "Wistron also went on recruiting under a contract system without intimating government departments concerned. The company which started its operations from September 1, 2020, with 3,000 employees, soon its employee strength reached 9,833 by end of October. The company neither informed nor took prior permission from departments concerned.


The plant's Human Resource department should have addressed distressed employees' concerns effectively. Due to their failure and negligence, aggrieved employees went berserk." For more on this read the full Indian report posted by ET Telecom.


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