Foxconn’s iPhone factory in India, where a mass food poisoning incident took place, is extending the week-long shutdown by three more days, as stated by a senior official for the state of Tamil Nadu.
The factory, employing around 17,000 people, was scheduled to begin some of its operations on 27th December but is now anticipated to resume production with 1,000 workers on 30th December, as stated by the official. He further added that the state administration had completed inspections of workers' hostels.
More than 250 women who work at the plant and reside in one of the hostels were treated for food poisoning last week, prompting protests. The police arrested some of the protestors, but they were eventually released.
The incident has brought attention to the living conditions of the factory workers, the majority of whom are women, who live in hostels near the factory in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
According to the official, Apple Inc.’s Taiwanese contract-maker and other prominent tech giants, and eleven of its contractors involving those who provide meals and living facilities were called in for a meeting.
Furthermore, the state government ordered Foxconn to examine services provided to workers, including power backup at the hostels, water, and food. The Directorate Of Industrial Safety And Health also advocated offering leisure amenities like a TV, a library, and indoor games.
Analysts predict that the shutdown of the factory which produces iPhone 12 models and has begun trial production of the iPhone 13, will only have a minor impact on Apple.
However, the factory is important in the long run as the tech giant strives to decrease its reliance on China's supply chain in the face of trade concerns between the U.S. and China.
Since beginning iPhone production in India in 2017, Cupertino-based Apple Inc., has placed a large bet on the country. Contract manufacturers, Foxconn, Wistron, and Pegatron, have pledged around USD 900 million to produce iPhones in India over five years.