Fox­conn In­dia em­ploy­ees con­tinue stir at Chen­nai plant: re­port

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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