Late last year, 9to5Mac reported that Apple ordered Foxconn in India to suspend production of the iPhone at the factory while putting the company on probation until it resolves problems with living conditions in Foxconn dormitories. Now it looks like the iPhone factory will reopen.
In December, Reuters interviewed Foxconn iPhone factory workers in India. The publication published “crowded dormitories without toilets on water and food that sometimes crawl with worms”. And not only that, “workers slept on the floor in rooms with between six and 30 women.”
At that time, in one incident of food poisoning, a total of 259 workers were injured, one hundred of whom were supposed to be admitted to the hospital. Now, after a few weeks of shutting down the factory with 17,000 workers, Reuters reports that this Foxconn plant in India will reopen this Wednesday.
Apple said Monday that the Foxconn India plant is still in trial operation, adding that it will continue to monitor conditions in workers ’dormitories and dining rooms, along with independent auditors.
“Workers will begin to return gradually as soon as we make sure our standards are met in every bedroom and dining room,” Apple said in a statement.
Foxconn said: “We have taken a number of corrective actions to ensure this does not happen again and a rigorous monitoring system to ensure that workers can raise any concerns they may have, including anonymously.”
A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the factory would restart production “with no more than 100 people” and that “it could take more than two months to resume full production”.
This Foxconn iPhone factory in India is producing the iPhone 12 while testing the production of the iPhone 13. A previous report said Apple plans to start mass production of the latest iPhone in India by February. After this complaint about poor working conditions, it seems that Apple’s schedule will change.
As the company tries not to rely too much on China, it continues to face complaints in most countries due to poor working conditions, especially when Apple is close to launching a new product.
The Indian government has said it will build a hostel “with a capacity to house tens of thousands of workers from various industries to address concerns about dormitory and dining room standards” and that the government is “clear that I do not want incidents like this to happen again.”
photo: Sudarshan Varadhan/Reuters
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