Further to reports published by Bloomberg and independently verified by TheConsumR, Apple Inc’s has put its’ iPhone maker, Foxconn Technology Group’s factory in India on probation. During an investigation conducted by Apple, Apple has taken the unprecedented action of shuttering one of its factories operated by Foxconn. Apple uses third-party manufacturers and assemblers to finish their products, which include iPhone, iPad, the Apple Watch, iMac amongst others.
Foxconn is by far the most well-known Apple manufacturer alongside other likes of Pegatron. Since both companies began producing the iPhone in 2007, both companies have faced allegations of poor working conditions.
An Apple spokesperson stated: “Following recent concerns about food safety and accommodation conditions at Foxconn Sriperumbudur, we dispatched independent auditors… We found that some of the remote dormitory accommodations and dining rooms being used for employees do not meet our requirements and we are working with the supplier to ensure a comprehensive set of corrective actions are rapidly implemented.”
Wages are amongst the Apple factory’s complaints
According to the information from Indeed, the average salary of a Plant Operator / Assembler is approximately 30% below the national average raking in only about ₹ 10,955 per month ($187 CAD). According to a Foxconn representative, the company is restructuring its local management teams/systems. The Tamil Nadu government, the local government where the factory is located, has indicated that they are working with Foxconn to improve the working conditions of the workers.
Apple has stated that it is their intention, after having a similar incident in India about a year prior, that Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur facility will remain on probation until its’ satisfied standards have been met. No date for Foxconn has been publicly announced for re-opening.