Amid protests by its beleaguered India workers, Taiwanese electronic giant Foxconn has said categorically that the suspension of production at its Chennai facility will be effective December 24 as announced earlier, thereby indicating there was no room left for a rethink on the issue.
In an e-mailed response to FE, the company said: “As we have previously indicated, the suspension of production at the Chennai facility will be effective from December 24. We continue to work with the government and the 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.”
The company said the employees have been placed on paid holiday leave status from December 22, as the facility has completed all its orders.
Foxconn further said that all employees had been informed of this arrangement. In accordance with local laws, all employees will receive their full salary during these paid holidays. Foxconn India’s Labour Office has also called for a conciliation meeting with the unions and employees to clarify this arrangement.
The workers, however, gate-crashed into the plant premises on Tuesday. Close to 600 workers, were taken into custody by the police.