Windows broken, cars overturned, equipment destroyed near Bengaluru after contract workers didn’t get paid what they say they were promised.
My take: Not a great start for Apple’s foray into Indian assembly and manufacture. I was going to make a ignorant remark about Indian factory workers being less compliant than their Chinese counterparts, but Google reminds me that there was a riot in 2012 over working and living conditions at a Foxconn iPhone factory in Northern China.
UPDATE: More detail from the Times of India:
Though Wistron is yet to comment on the violence, sources told The Times of India that the employee unrest was triggered by salary remittances made to them. Sources said the employees were angry that the company was not paying the amount that was promised to them at the time of joining. “While an engineering graduate was promised Rs 21,000 per month, his/her salary had reduced to Rs 16,000 and, subsequently, to Rs 12,000 in the recent months… On Friday night, the employees started discussing about their salaries on their floors and some alleged that they had received only low as as Rs 500 in their bank accounts. The anger turned into violence by the time the shift ended, the employee added.