India: iPhone factory ransacked by workers

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Around 100 people have been arrested after an iPhone factory in southern India was ransacked by angry workers claiming they had not been paid for four months and had been exploited.

The riot occurred on Saturday at the plant of the Taiwanese group Wistron Infocomm Manufacturing in the suburbs of Bangalore.

Footage shot on the spot showed smashed windows and overturned cars. CCTV cameras, lamps and fans were also smashed and a car was set on fire.

Local media reported that employees complained they had not been paid for four months and had been forced to work overtime.

“The situation is now under control. Special teams have been set up to investigate this incident, ”local police told AFP on Sunday, adding that no injuries were reported.

The Deputy Chief Minister of the State of Karnataka, CN Ashwathnarayan, denounced acts of gratuitous violence and added that his government would ensure that light is shed “without delay” on the matter.

“We will make sure that workers’ rights are protected and that the amounts owed are paid to them. “

A local union official denounced the “brutal exploitation” of the factory workers.

“The state government has allowed the company to free itself from respect for the fundamental rights” of employees, the union official, Satyanand, who only uses one name, told The Hindu daily.

No comments could be obtained from Wistron.

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