Enlarge /. The Wistron factory in Narsapura, India.
According to Reuters, workers protests at an iPhone manufacturing facility in India caused damage of up to $ 7 million. The employees at the Taiwanese company Wistron said they were not paid as they were promised and called for better working conditions.
The Times of India has multiple spot reports and a dramatic video of the protests. The news organization reported: "Most of the nearly 2,000 employees who left the facility after their night shifts raged on the verge of the destruction of the company's furniture and assembly units and even tried to set vehicles on fire."
The Times of India also has details of the salaries employees should receive. The report quoted one employee as saying, "While an engineering graduate was promised Rs 21,000 ($ 286) a month, his salary had risen to Rs 16,000 ($ 218) and then to Rs 12,000 ($ 163) in recent months. The monthly salary of non-engineering graduates had dropped to Rs 8,000 (USD 109). The salary amount on our accounts had decreased and it was frustrating to see this. " Some workers claim to have received monthly salaries of just 500 rupees ($ 6.80).
Wistron is one of Apple's top products, and Apple claims to be investigating the company to see if it has violated its suppliers' guidelines.
India is the second largest smartphone market in the world after China, but India is an extremely competitive, price-conscious market that Apple has struggled with and only takes around 3 percent of the market. One way for Apple to cut prices in India is to build phones locally to dodge Indian import fees, which are particularly high for goods made in China. The Wistron plant is, of course, Apple's cheapest phone, the iPhone SE.