Foxconn India employees continue stir at Chennai plant: report
Nearly 200 employees at a factory operated by a subsidiary of Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. ( ) were arrested Monday for trying to force their way into the plant after production was suspended last week.
Hon Hai, also known by its trade name Foxconn Technology Group ( ), suspended production at its mobile phone factory in Sriperumbudur Taluk in southern India on Dec. 22, according to the Press Trust of India. The factory employs about 1,700 people.
The decision came after the decline of orders from major client Nokia, which sold its mobile phone business unit to Microsoft Corp. in April this year, the report said.
Employees at the plant, operated by FIH Mobile Ltd., have since been put on “paid holiday leave” status as the facility has filled all of its orders.
Fearing job losses, many Foxconn employees staged a protest outside the factory Monday and later attempted to enter the facility, with 175 of them being arrested, according to the report.
It was the second attempt at a forced entry into the facility after a similar attempt by hundreds of employees on Dec. 23, the report said.
Another report by Reuters cited Vijaya Kumar, superintendent of police at Kancheepuram district, as saying Monday that the arrests were considered as “a preventative measure” and that the workers would be released soon.
The Press Trust of India also reported that three rounds of tripartite talks were held in the presence of Sriperumbudur’s labor commissioner, but they had yet to reach any conclusions. A fourth round of talks is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.