Foxconn staff go on hunger strike over suspension of plant in India
What do you do when the factory where you work is closed down? Sit down and watch TV? No, workers at a Foxconn plant in India isn’t having any of that. They plan to go on hunger strike on January 23 to get government attention and hopefully a reverse in the action.
On December 22, 2014, Foxconn suspended production in its plant located near Chennai in India. The plant used to supply 70 % of its output to Nokia but with the decline of Nokia’s market share and sale of the company’s phone unit to Microsoft, it has not been business as usual for Foxconn.
“We have informed the Collector of our apprehensions… Our next course of action is to go on a hunger strike,” union forces disclosed on Monday.
To make the transition from employed to unemployed smooth for its workers, Foxconn has provided a Voluntary Retirement Scheme or severance package for the staff.
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