“For the past eight weeks, teams across Apple, along with independent auditors, have been working with Wistron to make sure the necessary systems and processes are in place at their Narasapura facility. A comprehensive set of corrective actions has now been completed and Wistron has restructured their recruiting team and enhanced training and support for workers,” Apple said in a statement.
“As Wistron begins the process of hiring team members and restarting their operations, everyone at the facility will undergo a new training program to ensure they understand their rights and how they can raise any concerns. Apple employees and independent auditors will remain on-site to validate that the new processes are effective,” it said.
Last week, the Karnataka government held talks with top executives of Wistron and six staffing firms in a bid to get Apple’s contract manufacture to restart operations at its plant near Kolar in Karnataka at the earliest.
The 44-acre modern facility of the Taiwanese giant has suspended manufacturing activities at its unit in Narasapura industrial area after it witnessed ugly riots on December 12. Sections of workers broke windows, overturned cars and ransacked their workplace over unpaid wages, causing damage of crores of rupees and rendering the place handicapped for a quick turnaround in industrial production.
“Since the events at our Narasapura facility in December, we have been working hard on improvements across the board to raise standards and fix the issues. All employees have been promptly and fully-paid, and we implemented new hiring and payroll systems to ensure everyone is paid correctly and provided the correct documentation going forward,” David Shen, CEO, Wistron Smart Devices said in a statement.
Both companies did not set a timeline for resuming operations, but it is expected later this month.
“We will be delivering enhanced training programs for all workers, and have put in a place a new system for workers to get information and raise any concerns they may have, anonymously. We are looking forward to restarting our operations and welcoming back team members and we thank them for their patience and support as we worked through corrective actions,” Shen said.