Foxconn India factory unlikely to reopen before January 7, says government official | Tech News

CHENNAI (Reuters) – Apple Inc supplier Foxconn is unlikely to reopen its shuttered iPhone manufacturing plant in southern India before January 7, a senior government official with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. of the case.

The Foxconn factory in the state of Tamil Nadu was closed on December 18, following protests over more than 250 of its workers being treated for food poisoning. Apple has since placed the factory on probation after it discovered that some dorms and dining rooms did not meet required standards.

The company, officially known as Hon Hai Precision, had told the Tamil Nadu state government that it was working to address Apple’s concerns over workers’ living conditions, the official said.

“Foxconn is still working with Apple to ensure compliance, which is expected to take up to two days. Returning workers could also take more than a day,” the official said, adding that the state government had authorized restarting the plant for production.

Foxconn and Apple officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Officials from two recruitment agencies hired by Foxconn to hire workers said the company did not tell them when production would resume at the factory.

Two factory workers said neither Foxconn nor the contractors had released a reopening date.

The government official declined to be named because talks between the government and Foxconn were private. Recruitment agency officials and workers declined to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

(Reporting by Sudarshan Varadhan; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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