Weichuang apologizes, Apple’s road to India is blocked

On December 12, workers broke windows and overturned cars in a factory near Bangalore, a technology center in India. Video on Indian television showed workers throwing stones, smashing office furniture and setting fire to a sign of Wistar capital. < / P > < p > Indian media reports pointed out that the factory workers suffered from wage arrears and wage cuts. The apple factory, which moved from Taiwan to India, pointed at the third-party labor dispatch company as a victim, denied that it had lowered the wages of workers, and defined the protest as a crime. At the same time, sherthar, director of Karnataka state industry department where the factory is located, said that the violence may be caused by poor communication between Weichuang and labor companies and workers. < / P > < p > nearly a week later, an investigation report by the government of Karnataka state in India showed that Weichuang’s factories in Karnataka state were generally in violation of laws and regulations, such as low wages, irregular working hours, poor working conditions, and workers’ attendance was not properly recorded, which led to some workers’ wages not being paid on time in October and November. < / P > < p > with the disclosure of India’s official investigation report, more details of the wetsung factory riot have emerged. Weichuang’s business in India is facing more uncertainty, while casting a shadow over Apple’s expansion in India. < / P > < p > until December 18, the media published an investigation report from the government of Karnataka state in India, which clearly pointed out that Weichuang’s iPhone factory in Bangalore, India had seriously violated the labor law. The factory workers’ protest turned violent and caused losses worth nearly $7 million, the report said. The survey report points out that although the factory employs 10500 workers, the human resources department has not yet equipped with personnel with good knowledge of labor law; the impact of changing working hours from 8 hours to 12 hours has not been evaluated; HR has not clearly informed workers of overtime hours in accordance with the law, nor has it been able to answer workers’ difficulties about overtime pay caused by the change of working mode Confused. < / P > < p > at the same time, in the past two months, Weichuang’s attendance system has failed to correctly reflect workers’ attendance records, which has not been solved; according to the regulations, workers’ wages must be paid on or before the 10th day of the last day of the wage period, but the personnel department mistakenly pointed out that they should be paid on or before the 10th day of each month; the practice of paying wages and overtime pay Not in line with the law, there is a big gap between the factory practice and the working period stipulated by the law. < / P > < p > the government of India pointed out that Weichuang’s human resources department knew little about labor laws and regulations and did not have enough personnel to manage the 10500 workers in the factory, of whom about 8500 were reported to be contract workers rather than full-time employees. < / P > < p > at the same time, the government also criticized six human service outsourcing companies of wetsung. The six firms were found to have given up the extra allowance to the workers. < / P > < p > on the day of the violence, an employee reported that the shift of the company started at 6 a.m., the employee left home at 3 a.m. and arrived home at 10 p.m. after work. If they ask the contractor and Weichuang about the wage shortage, the contractor and Weichuang will shake the pot with each other and even confiscate the employee’s ID cards. Even if the two respond together, they will only perfunctorily inform the workers of the reason for the pay reduction and attribute it to the problem of access card or insufficient attendance. < / P > < p > a senior official from the Labor Department of Karnataka said that as one of Apple’s major suppliers in the world, wetrong should have been more “proactive” in exercising sound labor practices. < / P > < p > the All India Central Council of trade unions said that despite the “terrible” workplace conditions, many young workers chose to work in Weichuang factory due to the reduced job opportunities caused by the new crown epidemic. Aicctu has submitted an independent report to the government stating that workers cannot object to the companies or contractors that employ them because they are worried about losing their jobs. < / P > < p > with the intervention of the local government in India, both wetrong and apple have voiced their positions. Joyce & middot; Zhou, a spokesman for wetrong, apologized to the workers and said that he had investigated and started to accept the legal complaints of the workers, acknowledged that the process and salary system developed by wetrong to manage the labor agency needed to be upgraded, and even dismissed its vice president in charge of the Indian business. < / P > < p > Apple’s every move has attracted a lot of media attention. Apple responded that it has put Weichuang on the watch list until it solves these problems and takes measures to ensure that such problems will not happen again. < / P > < p > “our preliminary investigation results show that wetrong has not implemented an appropriate man hour management process, which violates our supplier code of conduct,” Apple pointed out, “and will not distribute new business orders to them until they have completed their corrective actions.” < / P > < p > for many years, the Prime Minister of India has focused on simplifying investment and expansion in India. In 2020, the modi government will increase its firepower on the “made in India” campaign, promising to develop a more predictable and open regulatory system, simplify the corporate tax system and provide incentives for target industries, so as to attract foreign investment to mitigate the impact of the new epidemic on India. < / P > < p > specifically, in order to promote economic growth, deregulation of the economy has been relaxed, but it is the vast number of Indian workers who pay for this behavior – the deregulation measures in disguise have encouraged enterprises to dismiss workers, and made it more difficult for workers to unite and strike. But at the same time, the government has expanded its social security program to include many contract workers. < / P > < p > Bangalore labor leaders pointed out that the violence was not caused by any new government regulations, but by lack of communication and confusion. The new employee didn’t know why he didn’t get paid on time, and the salary was less than expected. < / P > < p > it is reported that Weichuang has committed to invest 30 billion rupees on 43 acres of land. It has achieved a high recruitment rate in three months through several labor agency companies. The number of employees has increased sharply from 1500 to nearly 12000. Weichuang pays all the money promised by the labor agency company every month, and then the labor agency company pays the workers’ wages. Due to problems in the communication and exchange among the three companies, the workers “rise to the top”. < / P > < p > in India, the trend of Apple once became a vane for foreign investors to spy on the Indian market. Praveen Rai, a political analyst in New Delhi, also said that in the past 20 years, Indian labor violence and protests have decreased, but the Weichuang incident may bring about changes – labor problems will obviously aggravate foreign investors’ cautious attitude towards India. < / P > < p > in recent years, however, Apple has been actively seeking markets other than China. In April, the Independent reported that Apple was looking to expand in Brazil. After the official launch of the new version of the iPhone se, on the apple Brazil website, some pictures of the iPhone show that the back of the new phone reads “ind & uacute; stria Brasileira”. These logos are usually used for products made or assembled in Brazil. < / P > < p > just in November, apple attracted much attention because of the illegal use of student workers by its supplier Heshuo, which forced apple to suspend its cooperation with its new business. Recently, Apple has informed its suppliers that it plans to increase iPhone production by 30% in the first half of 2021 to 96 million units. As far as Apple’s grand plan is concerned, Weichuang’s performance in the trial period is not ideal. < / P > < p > so far, wetrong is producing four types of iPhones, including the second generation iPhone se, for import and export sales in India. It is reported that part of the assembly line has been damaged in the riot. However, recovering from physical damage may be the easiest, and the one at risk is its expansion plan. < / P > < p > according to Indian media reports, there are less than 2000 regular employees in wetrong, while the rest are still contractors. Over the next two years, wetrong has promised to increase its workforce to 20000. However, these plans are likely to fail. < / P > < p > in order to obtain the Indian government’s incentive plan related to production, Professor Chen Guoli of Singapore Branch pointed out the essence of the problem: the wetsung factory riot taught manufacturers a lesson. For those enterprises seeking to transfer the supply chain, what they need to evaluate is the overall ecosystem, not just the labor cost. Counterpoint announced top 5 best selling models: domestic iPhone 11 tops the list