Indian Workers Ransack Wistron iPhone Production Plant Over Unpaid Wages

Workers reportedly went on the rampage at an iPhone production plant in India on Sunday and caused widespread damage to the Wistron-run factory over claims of unpaid wages.

iphone 6s india wistron
Video posted on social media showed smashed CCTV cameras and glass panels, broken lights and upturned vehicles at Wistron's manufacturing facility in Bangalore. According to the Times of India, many of the 2,000 employees leaving at the end of their Friday-night shift were involved in the violence.

Disgruntled staff claimed that they have not been fully paid for four months and are being forced to do extra shifts. One worker alleged an engineering graduate was promised Rs 21,000 ($285) per month, but instead they initially got Rs 16,000 ($217), which had been reduced down to Rs 12,000 ($163) in the last three months. Non-engineering graduates' monthly salary was said to have been reduced to Rs 8,000 ($108).

According to a worker who spoke to the Times, employees had started discussing their salaries and some alleged that they had received as low as Rs 500 ($7) in their bank accounts. The anger had turned into violence by the time the shift ended.


According to BBC News, Apple partner Wistron told AFP news agency that "the incident was caused by people of unknown identities from outside who intruded into and damaged its facility with unclear intentions."

Wistron employs about 15,000 workers at the factory, according to local media, with most contracted via recruitment firms. Indian police reportedly arrested over 100 staff as a result of the rampage. Wistron said it would resume operations as soon as possible.

Bangalore is the capital of southern Karnataka state and is India's technology hub.

Note: Due to the political or social nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Political News forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Tag: India

Top Rated Comments

noone Avatar
28 months ago

I wonder what the real price of the iPhone would be if someone, somewhere down the production or supply chain wasn't being exploited?
Being paid a (comparatively) low wage isn’t necessarily exploitation. Their compensation is probably fair to above average for that part of the world. The fact that they haven’t been paid however...that’s a problem.

Many versions are floating around

* Wistron did not pay wages to workers
* Wistron paid the money to their contractors but contractors did not pay their workers
* China sponsored this vandalism using some goons and actual workers were not involved in damage to property. China does not want India to take away their business.

So which one is it?
Each one is entirely believable tbh.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
d5aqoëp Avatar
28 months ago
Many versions are floating around

* Wistron did not pay wages to workers
* Wistron paid the money to their contractors but contractors did not pay their workers
* China sponsored this vandalism using some goons and actual workers were not involved in damage to property. China does not want India to take away their business.
* Wistron is exaggerating damages to make insurance company cough up more money.

So which one is it?
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
28 months ago
I wonder what the real price of the iPhone would be if someone, somewhere down the production or supply chain wasn't being exploited?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeeW Avatar
28 months ago
Paid as low as $7? I mean I know money has a different value in parts of the world but cmon..
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
otternonsense Avatar
28 months ago
Curious to see Tim Cook virtue signal his way out of this.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
laptech Avatar
28 months ago
It does not surprise me that such a thing happened. Corruption of upper management within Indian companies is rife. Such a similar thing has been happening within India's very profitible garment industry for years. Indian management find ways to cut corners so that they can keep a large part of the money for themselves and hide what is going on from their bosses (Western companies who give them the contracts).

Just look what Chinese management do. When the official manufacturing hours are finished, they force their workers to carry on working so they can carry on producing without their bosses knowing (Western companies) and then sell what they made on the black market with all the money being pocketed by the Chinese bosses.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iphone 15 pro wifi 6e

Internal Apple Document From Leaker 'Unknownz21' Confirms Wi-Fi 6E Will Be Limited to iPhone 15 Pro Models

Friday January 27, 2023 10:01 am PST by
Multiple rumors have suggested that the next-generation iPhone 15 models will adopt the Wi-Fi 6E standard that Apple has already introduced in the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, and now a leaked document appears to confirm Apple's plans. Sourced from researcher and Apple leaker Unknownz21 (@URedditor), the document features diagrams of the iPhone 15's antenna architecture. D8x refers to the...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Side Perspective Feature Purple

iPhone 15 Pro Rumored to Have These 8 Features

Friday January 27, 2023 2:11 pm PST by
Apple's next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to be announced in September as usual. Already, rumors suggest the devices will have at least eight exclusive features not available on the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. An overview of the eight features rumored to be exclusive to iPhone 15 Pro models:A17 chip: iPhone 15 Pro models will be equipped with an A17...
top stories 28jan2023

Top Stories: iOS 16.3 Released, iPhone 15 Pro Rumors, macOS Tips and Tricks, and More

Saturday January 28, 2023 6:00 am PST by
Following last week's hardware announcements, this week saw the actual release of several of the new products as well as operating system updates bringing new features and bug fixes across Apple's platforms. This week also saw some fresh rumors about the iPhone 15 lineup and Apple's upcoming AR/VR headset, while we shared some tips to help you get the most of your macOS experience, so read...
Multi Display CarPlay 1

Apple Launching All-New CarPlay Experience Later This Year With These 5 Features

Sunday January 29, 2023 10:15 am PST by
In June 2022, Apple previewed the next generation of CarPlay, promising deeper integration with vehicle functions like A/C and FM radio, support for multiple displays across the dashboard, personalization options, and more. Apple says the first vehicles with support for the next-generation CarPlay experience will be announced in late 2023, with committed automakers including Acura, Audi,...
maxresdefault

Hands-On With the New M2 Max MacBook Pro

Thursday January 26, 2023 12:14 pm PST by
New 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with the latest M2 Pro and M2 Max chips are available in Apple retail stores and are already in the hands of customers, and we picked up one of the new M2 Max machines to answer all of the questions MacRumors readers considering a purchase might have. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Yesterday, we asked MacRumors fans on...
iPhone 15 General Mock Feature

Kuo: iPhone 15 Models to Adopt Wi-Fi 6E

Thursday January 26, 2023 5:09 pm PST by
The upcoming iPhone 15 models that are set to be introduced later in 2023 will adopt the Wi-Fi 6E standard, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note about Apple's work on a Wi-Fi chip, Kuo said that the company will upgrade the iPhone 15 to Wi-Fi 6E. Apple is already using Wi-Fi 6E for the 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models introduced last year, along with the new Mac mini and...
iPhone 14 Pro Purple Side Perspective Feature Purple

iPhone 15 Expected to Feature Wi-Fi 6E Like Latest Macs and iPad Pro

Wednesday January 25, 2023 5:39 pm PST by
The iPhone 15 will support Wi-Fi 6E, according to a research note shared this week by Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O'Malley. The analysts did not specify whether the feature will be available on all models or limited to the Pro models. Apple has added Wi-Fi 6E support to a handful of devices so far, including the latest 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook...