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Foxconn set to resume ops next week

Taiwanese electronics major Foxconn will resume production in its Sriperumbudur facility near Chennai on January 12.

The plant has remained closed since December 18. In his address in the state assembly on Friday, Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin said that Foxconn is set to resume its production activities on that date with around 500 workers present in two hostels.

The government has held talks with the management of Foxconn and they have promised to take care of employees by providing all facilities to them, he added, without going into further detail .

“Our government will always be supportive to industries aiding the growth of the state’s economy and will also protect the legal rights of the workers,” Stalin added.

The CM was responding to queries raised earlier in the assembly by Congress leader K Selvaperunthagai on how the issues of Foxconn workers are being handled by the state government.

TOI’s queries to Foxconn about resuming production and improving living facilities for the employees at the facility remain unanswered till the time of going to the press. Stalin said the company, in partnership with SIPCOT, will also work to build hostels at a cost of Rs 570 crore at Vallam Vadakkal to accommodate about 18,750 employees.

Earlier, Foxconn admitted in a statement that some of its offsite dormitory facilities in the Sriperumbudur facility do not meet required standards and said it is investigating the recent issues of improper working conditions. The closure of Foxconn’s facility in Sriperumbudur, which makes iPhone 12 smartphones, has forced Apple to put the factory on probation and led to a halt in the production of Apple smartphones in Chennai. TNN

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