Many workers of Foxconn India in custody for illegal strike

26 Oct, 2010
HONG KONG: A number of employees at Foxconn International Holdings Ltd’s Indian plants have been arrested for breaching labour laws by striking during a cooling-off period during pay negotiations, the company said on Wednesday.

The company, a key supplier to top cell phone brands such as Motorola Inc and Sony Ericsson, declined to say how many of its employees had been arrested, but a labour group said 319 were taken into custody.

“We have been in talks with the labour union and have come to an agreement, but some workers engaged in illegal activities and were thus arrested by the local police,” Vincent Tong, Foxconn’s senior director said.

Foxconn International and parent Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd are among China’s biggest private-sector employers.

Its labour practices have been under the spotlight after more than 10 suicides at its south China plant.

Foxconn’s plant in India, located close to Chennai, employed thousands of workers and paid salaries that exceeded market standards in the area, Tong said, declining to give a specific number.

Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour, a labour activist group, said in a statement that Foxconn’s Indian workers were paid about $106 per month, about a third of what employees at its main south China plant receive.

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