Foxconn India was on Monday directed to depute its senior officials to further discuss the proposed closure of its operations in India. The company, which pre-poned its closure of operations effective Monday (December 22), saw hundreds of workers forcing their way at the factory gate, but stopped by the police.
Last weekend, Foxconn India had announced a paid holiday for workers, directing them not to come to plant effective December 22 due to lack of orders and announced its intention to offer VRS. The company originally scheduled to close down operations from December 24.
Sources close to the development told FE at a hurriedly conducted tripartite meeting in the afternoon between workers’ union, management officials and assistant labour commissioner of Kanheepuram district (where factory located), it was decided to direct Foxconn India to depute its senior official on Tuesday morning to find an amicable solution as the workers were adamant on their demand for continuation of their jobs.
When contacted, E Muthukumar, president, CITU-backed workers union, said, “We were firm on our stand that the 1,300-odd workers should continue to work. Whether there is job or not, we should be allowed to enter the factory and participate in shifts. We don’t accept any package from the company and the latter should find alternate ways to the run factory.”
According to him, Foxconn India deputed its junior level managers to discuss at today’s tripartite meeting and could not find any solution.