Apple says Foxconn workers’ dorm didn’t meet standards, puts plant on probation

New Delhi: Days after a food poisoning incident at Apple supplier Foxconn’s unit on the outskirts of Chennai, the iPhone maker on Wednesday said that some remote hostels and dining rooms being used for employees do not meet the required standards. . To ensure that the standards are met, Apple has also placed Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur unit on probation ahead of the facility’s reopening.

“We hold our suppliers accountable to the highest standards in the industry and conduct regular assessments to ensure compliance. Following recent concerns about food safety and housing conditions at Foxconn Sriperumbudur, we have decided to conduct additional detailed assessments. We have found that the remote dorms and dining rooms being used for some employees do not meet our requirements and we are working with the supplier to ensure that a comprehensive course of corrective actions Set to be implemented expeditiously,” an Apple spokesperson told ABP Live in a statement.

More than 150 employees working at iPhone supplier Foxconn’s unit fell ill and were hospitalized and 256 others were treated as outpatients for food poisoning.

“Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur facility has been placed on probation and we will ensure that our strict standards are met before the facility reopens. We will continue to monitor the circumstances closely,” an Apple spokesperson said.

Foxconn, which is a contract assembler for Apple in India and other countries, also said that some offsite hostel facilities at the Sriperumbudur facility in Tamil Nadu did not meet the required standards.

“The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. We have been investigating recent issues at our Sriperumbudur facility in Tamil Nadu and have found that some offsite hostel facilities do not meet the required standards. A Foxconn spokesperson said, “We are deeply sorry for the problem experienced by our employees and are taking immediate steps to enhance the facilities and services that we provide in remote hostels.”

Foxconn is also restructuring its local management team and its management systems to ensure that it can achieve and maintain the required standards.

“As long as we make the necessary corrections before resuming our operations, all employees will continue to be paid and we will continue to provide support for our employees to return to work,” a Foxconn spokesperson said.

About 14,000 men and women are employed at Foxconn Technology on the outskirts of the Chennai unit, which manufactures electronic components, iPhones for Apple and others. It should be noted that following the trade war between the US and China, countries such as India, Vietnam and Mexico are becoming increasingly important to contract manufacturers such as Foxconn that supply American brands.