Indicating that there were no more production orders for employees to work for at its Sriperumbudur unit near here, Taiwan-based electronics parts maker Foxconn today said it has completed them and all its employees were placed on “paid-holiday-leave” status. Also Read - Apple iPhone 13 series launch could be delayed due to chip shortage
“FIH Mobile confirms that employees at our India operation, FIH India Private Limited in Chennai, have been placed on paid-holiday-leave status from December 22 as that facility has completed all of its production orders”, the Taiwan based firm said in a statement. Also Read - Apple to boost iPhone production in India to reduce Chinese dependancy: Report
Stating that the employees have been informed of this arrangement, the company said as per local laws and regulations, all employees will receive their full salaries during these paid holidays. The company said it was taking part in the conciliation meeting with the registered trade unions and employees to “clarify this arrangement”. Also Read - Apple manufacturer Foxconn could soon set up factories in Mexico
On the suspension of production from December 24, the company said it has come into effect as previously indicated. “We continue to work with the government and relevant labour unions to reach an amicable compensation arrangement in a manner that follows all relevant laws and regulations and is fair to the affected employees”, it said. The firm was also undertaking restructuring of its operations in India to ensure that it was able to meet both the current and future needs of customers in that “important market”. “We will continue to consider investments in manufacturing operations in India when they make sense commercially and when they are consistent with the needs of our customers and our strategy for continued sustainable business growth”, it said.
While two rounds of talks were held in the presence of Assistant Labour Commissioner at Sriperumbudur, third round of reconciliation talks is scheduled to be held tomorrow. Soon after the firm announced its decision to suspend operations at the Chennai plant where it had invested about Rs 850 crore, employees were up against it fearing job losses. On December 23, employees led by Foxconn India Employees Union President And MLA A Sounderarajan tried to make a forced entry at the gates of Nokia Special Economic Zone where the plant is situated. However, the employees were taken into custody and released later.
Foxconn India has two units at Sriperumbudur, situated about 40 km from here. The firm was employing some 6000 people at its peak which has now declined to about 1,700 people. While 70 percent of parts were served to Nokia India facility, 30 percent was catering to other markets.