has admitted to lapses in payment of wages to employees and assured full compensation to them. It has also removed its vice president, Vincent Lee, who used to oversee the business in India. Expressing disappointment, Apple
said its focus is on making sure everyone in the supply chain is protected and treated with dignity and respect.
Wistron, which had only 2,000 employees till June, had added around 10,000 more within the next few months on a contractual basis as Apple
began gearing up for direct online sales of its flagship products in India.
“This is a new facility and we recognise that we made mistakes as we expanded,” said Wistron.
An initial government report pointed out that Wistron’s HR department was not adequately set up with personnel of sound knowledge of labour laws. The factory has adopted two shifts of 12 hours per day system from October 4, with three breaks of half an hour each in each shift. “The confusion in the minds of the workers about their wage inclusive of overtime on account of the change in work pattern from 8 hour shift to 12 hour has not been addressed properly by the HR personnel in line with the legal provisions of law,” said the report submitted by the department of factories, boilers, industrial safety & health.