Foxconn to Restart India iPhone Plant Shut by Labor Protests

Foxconn to Restart India iPhone Plant Shut by Labor Protests

Bloomberg

Foxconn Technology Group will gradually resume operations at a plant in India that makes iPhones for Apple Inc., as it begins to address workers’ protests over sub-standard living conditions.

The Taiwanese company will open the complex in stages as improved dormitories are ready. It’s implemented a system to ensure workers can voice their complaints in future, anonymously if need be, Foxconn said in a statement Monday.

Foxconn shut the factory on the outskirts of Chennai in southern India after workers turned out in force to protest a mass food-poisoning incident, at one point blocking a major highway in mid-December. The episode drew attention to the plight of blue-collar laborers and triggered local government scrutiny. Apple said Monday the plant remains on probation but that workers will begin returning as it ensures standards are met in both dining and living facilities.