After a brief hiatus, iPhone supplier Foxconn reopened its nearby manufacturing facility on Wednesday when the company decided to resume operations, government sources said. The factory on the outskirts of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, opened after it remained closed for three weeks following protests by workers following mass food poisoning in an off-site dormitory.
Private buses carrying staff wearing face masks were seen on the Sriperumbudur campus, some 40 km from here. “Today we have around 200 employees. We have been told that the facility will initially operate in two shifts and later expand, ”a government source told PTI.
Tamil Nadu Industry Minister Thangam Thennarasu said the government was glad the plant resumed operations after the problem was resolved.
“On the basis of the government’s proposals for the welfare of the employees, the management has agreed to implement them, in particular to improve the comfort for the female workforce,” he said.
The management assured that they would implement all suggestions after Prime Minister MK Stalin’s direct involvement in the matter, he told reporters from the Secretariat.
“I am delighted that the plant is back up and running today. The plant will continue to take all necessary steps to ramp up production without any hurdles (below), ”he said.
On Jan. 10, Foxconn said it had taken a number of corrective actions and will begin gradually bringing team members back to the factory.
The facility was suspended by Apple following workers ‘protests and an investigation revealed poor living conditions in the employees’ dormitories and dining rooms.
The unit employs more than 15,000 people who work on the production of Apple products.
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