Employees have been agitating over delays in salaries
Tight police bandobust at premises of smartphone maker Wistron
DCM condemns incident, promises to resolve salary issues
Disgruntled employees vandalised the Narasapura premises of Taiwanese tech giant Wistron Corporation on Saturday morning, reportedly on account of delays in payment of salaries. The company manufactures iPhones and IoT products.
The premises of the company, around 60 km from Bengaluru, are now totally shut and tight police security has been provided.
The employees, who had been agitating over salary issues, turned violent after the night shift got over on Saturday morning, and reportedly smashed window panes and set vehicles ablaze.
Thousands of workers gathered at the premises to protest against non-payment of wages for the past couple of months. Besides, the company had allegedly not fulfilled an assurance to create around 15,000 jobs.
Rs 2,900-crore investment
The Karnataka government had allotted 43 acres at the Narasapura industrial area to Wistron after it proposed to invest around Rs 2,900 crore in its venture. The top brass of the company are yet to respond to Saturday’s incident.
Violence at #Wistron iPhone company on #Saturday morning — production plant at #Vemagal in #Kolar district, nearly 60 km from #Bengaluru— Thebengalurulive/ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಲೈವ್ (@bengalurulive_) December 12, 2020
Reason: #salary not paid#Karnataka #Bangalore #Bengaluru @WistronITS @iPhone_News pic.twitter.com/CjnEQF3DQz
DCM does balancing act
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan has condemmed the violence at the factory.
Narayan, who is also IT-BT Minister, tweeted, “Strongly condemn the incident of violence at Wistron’s factory in Narasapura, Kolar. It is imperative that nobody takes the law in their own hands. There are appropriate forums to resolve such issues without indulging in this wanton violence.”
Have spoken to the SP, Kolar to ensure that all measures are taken to bring the situation under immediate control and the culprits are identified. Strict action will be taken under the law against the errant elements.— Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N. (@drashwathcn) December 12, 2020
He added, “Have spoken to the SP, Kolar to ensure that all measures are taken to bring the situation under immediate control and the culprits are identified. Strict action will be taken under the law against the errant elements.
“Have also discussed the matter with Meena Nagaraj, Director @ITBTGoK; our government will do the needful to ensure that the situation is resolved expeditiously and all stakeholders & their concerns are allayed.
We will ensure that all workers’ rights are duly protected and all their dues are cleared.— Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N. (@drashwathcn) December 12, 2020
“We will ensure that all workers’ rights are duly protected and all their dues are cleared.”