Foxconn employees Block Chennai Bangalore Highway amid Rumors of death due to food poisoning

There are accusations that the company is trying to suppress the issue which led to anger among the workers and they came to streets.


Over 200 employees of the Foxconn company based in Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) were hospitalised on Saturday after complaining of food poisoning.

Friday midnight workers in thousands started to jam the NH48 highway that connects Tamilnadu to Bangalore.

The food poisoning occurred earlier this week at Foxconn’s dormitories, where a majority of its staff lives, a source told.

There are accusations that the company is trying to suppress the issue which led to anger among the workers and they came to streets.

Within hours, rumours started to spread of the death of 8 women employees among the ones who were hospitalised. There was no news about these 8 employees that led to panic among the workers and they started the demonstration at the highway. The incident of food poisoning and further handling of the matter highlights the gross negligence of the management.

At midnight, when the incident came to light, the workers at the plant started protesting when they could not find out about the 8 women employees who were missing from the hospital where they were admitted due to food poisoning. When there was no response from the management they blocked the NH48 Chennai bangalore highway.

The news was not picked up by many news sources and questions are being raised on social media demanding justice for the deceased workers.

Foxconn is a Taiwanese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. Foxconn India is based in Sriperumbudur, which is on the outskirts of the southern city of Chennai. A bulk of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s workforce is women.

In the past, Foxconn has been involved in several controversies relating to employee grievances or treatment. Foxconn has more than a million employees. In China, it employed more people than any other private company as of 2011. In china alone, there have been several allegations of poor working conditions, the long working hours, discrimination against Mainland Chinese workers by their Taiwanese co-workers, and lack of working relationships at the company. In May 2010, Shanghaiist reported that security guards had been caught beating factory workers.

Following the protests, 67 young women who are Foxconn workers along with independent journalists and CITU leaders have been forcefully detained. The workers and the leaders were detained by Sriperumbudur Police. They were released the next day.


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