Apple placed supplier Wistron on probation over the weekend, Reuters reported. It said that the Taiwanese manufacturer will not receive new business until it addresses key concerns raised by workers at a plant in southern India.
Apple Investigates After Violence at Wistron Plan
Apple conducted an audit of the plant in Karnataka state following a recent outbreak of violence there. The early findings revealed violations of its Supplier Code of Conduct. This included the failure to implement a system to properly manage working hours which “led to payment delays for some workers in October and November” Apple said in a statement. It is continuing to monitor how Wistron corrects this and other issues. “Our main objective is to make sure all the workers are treated with dignity and respect, and fully compensated promptly.”
On Saturday, Wistron itself admitted that it had failed to pay some workers properly or on time. The company is removing an executive who oversees its India business.