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Foxconn Plant in South India to Stay Shut This Week After Protests: Govt Sources

Foxconn to be closed for a week following protests by workers after 150 employees fell sick of food poisoning. (Representational Image: Reuters)

More than 150 employees at a Foxconn India factory that makes iPhones for Apple Inc were hospitalised for food poisoning this week but almost all have now been discharged.

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  • Last Updated:December 21, 2021, 14:52 IST
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Apple supplier Foxconn’s plant near Chennai in southern India will remain shut this week following protests, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday. Five days of holiday have been declared at the plant, the Superintendent of Police in Kancheepuram said, following protests against food poisoning at a unit.More than 150 employees at a Foxconn India factory that makes iPhones for Apple Inc were hospitalised for food poisoning this week but almost all have now been discharged, the district government said on Saturday. “There was an outbreak of acute diarrhoeal disease reported among the Foxconn employees,” the statement from the Thiruvallur district administration said.It said 256 workers were treated as out-patients and 159 were hospitalised, of whom 155 have already been discharged.Foxconn did not immediately respond to a request for comment.It was not clear whether the incident would disrupt production at the plant in Sriperumbudur, which is on the outskirts of the southern city of Chennai. Most of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s workers in India are women.Read all the Latest News, Breaking News and Coronavirus News here.

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