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Foxconn in food poisoning row in India

by on20 December 2021

Workers arrested

Police in India have released dozens of those detained for blocking a key highway in a protest against food poisoning at the Apple supplier Foxconn.

India is among the countries, such as Mexico and Vietnam, that are becoming increasingly important to contract manufacturers supplying American brands as they try to minimise the impact of the trade war between China and the United States.

The highway was blocked for hours in the southern city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu state and the Tame Apple Press was furious because they were supposed to be assembling the iPhone 12.

The protests were sparked by a food poisoning incident that led to 150 employees being admitted to hospital. Most of Foxconn's workers in India are women and it appears the workers and their  families were a little upset.

They might be a little more cross with Foxconn after they were arrested. More than 70 women detained over Saturday's protest, mostly Foxconn workers, they were released the following day.

Apple suppliers have a few problems with staff relations.  In December last year, thousands of contract workers at a factory owned by Apple supplier Wistron destroyed equipment and vehicles, causing damages estimated at $60 million. While that is terrible, it is not as terrible as the fact that Wistron did not pay its workers.


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