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An iPhone manufacturing plant near Bengaluru vandalized by employees over non-payment of salaries

BENGALURU: The iPhone manufacturing plant, run by Taiwan-based tech giant Wistron Corporation at Narsapura (Kolar district of  Karnataka) came under attack on Saturday from its employees over delayed salary payments.

As per local reports, there were around  2,000 employees in the morning shift. They went on the rampage over the salary-related issues. Most of the employees there are on contract who alleged that they are not paid on time and there are many deductions in the salary. Police have registered an FIR and investigating the matter.

Reportedly, the issue has been festering for about 8 to 10 weeks now during which employees were subject to arbitrary changes to their work contracts. About 90 percent of the 8,000-strong workforce are contractual workers with a promised salary of Rs 16,000 per month for an 8-hour work shift. But over the last few months, many were being paid only 12,000 and were asked to work for more than 12 hours a day.

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In a statement to the media, IGP Central Seemanta Kumar said that 80 people have been arrested in relation to the incident.

“The incident took place early this morning when shifts were changing. We are being told there was a scuffle regarding salary non-payment. We are investigating thoroughly and have taken CCTV footage,” he added.

What precisely catalyzed the spontaneous morning violence is still unclear. A source said that most of the workforce dispersed after police allegedly lathi-charged the protesters.

M D Harigovind, General Secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) charged Wistron with exploitative practices.

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