Apple supplier Foxconn directed by Tamil Nadu to upgrade basic infrastructure facilities after protest

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Electronics parts maker Foxconn will commence operations at its facility in neighboring Sriperumbudur and it has been advised to improve basic infrastructure facilities made available to employees, the Tamil Nadu government said on Saturday. The government’s remarks come after workers resorted to a protest last week when over 100 of them were affected by food poisoning after eating at a facility allegedly owned by their company.

In an official notice on Saturday, the Tamil Nadu government announced that a meeting was being held at which senior government officials including Labor Commissioner Atul Anand, General Secretary of the Industrial Department S. Krishnan, and Additional Director General of Police Law and Order, Thamaraikannan and representatives of the Foxconn Group attended.

During the meeting, the Taiwanese company was advised to improve the basic infrastructure, including adequate accommodation and toilets, provided to employees.

“The hostels made available to the staff should have a quality certificate issued by the collector and the food should be prepared at the place of accommodation of the staff and served to them on time,” the statement said.

The government also ordered that workers requesting leave be granted immediately and that the company should use employment agencies on such occasions.

Foxconn officials assured that they would implement the guidelines as directed by the government, the statement said.

“Officials also pledged to provide quality food to over 15,000 employees, adding that they would soon start production at the facility,” the statement said.

“The facility will be expanded and new jobs will be created in the unit,” said the statement quoted by Foxconn officials.

Meanwhile, the government said the State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) in Vallam Vadagal in Sriperumbudur was building hostels for 18,750 people at a cost of 570 billion rupees.

Construction of the 11-story building, which spans 20 acres, should be completed in 15 months, the press release said.

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