Workers at the Chennai plant of the Taiwanese electronics parts maker Foxconn on Monday tried to make a forced entry on the premises, the second time since the managment announced the decision to halt the production. Around 175 workers were arrested for trying to gatecrash in the manufacturing facility at Nokia Special Economic Zone at Sriperumbudur.
The workers were protesting the management’s decision to offer voluntary retirement scheme or severance package as the company had suspended production at the facility last week. Foxconn had suspended production at the Sriperumbudur facility from December 24 following the drying up of orders in the wake of Nokia India suspending production. Foxconn has 1,700 employees at its Chennai plant.
Concerned over the loss of jobs, around 200 employees last week staged a protest in front of the facility and tried to make a forced entry, after which they were arrested. They were later released. Seeking the government’s intervention, the agitating employees resorted to forced entry on Monday and were arrested, said a police source.
“We want our jobs. We are ready to work at the facility but the management is asking us to go. We cannot accept that,” said the union representatives. Four rounds of tripartite talks were held in the presence of assistant labour commissioner, Sriperumbudur, but remained inconclusive. The next round of talks are slated for December 31.