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Foxconn says some of its dormitory facilities in TN do not meet required standards | Chennai News

CHENNAI: Taiwanese electronic equipment maker Foxconn Technology Group said on Wednesday that some of its offsite dormitory facilities in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur do not meet required standards. The company is investigating into the recent issues of improper working conditions in the facility as some employees suffered food poisoning after having food at a hostel managed by the firm.
The company said it is restructuring the local management team and management systems to “achieve and maintain the high standards that are needed.”
“We are very sorry for the issue our employees experienced and are taking immediate steps to enhance the facilities and services we provide at the remote dormitory accommodations,” a Foxconn spokesperson said.
“All employees will continue to be paid while we make the necessary improvements before restarting our operations, and we will continue to provide support for our employees as they return to work,” they added.
Independently, Foxconn’s major customer Apple said on Wednesday that it has placed Sriperumbudur facility on probation and will ensure their “strict standards are met” before the facility reopens.
“We hold our suppliers accountable to the highest standards in the industry and regularly conduct assessments to ensure compliance. Following recent concerns about food safety and accommodation conditions at Foxconn Sriperumbudur, we dispatched independent auditors to undertake additional detailed assessments. We found that some of the remote dormitory accommodations and dining rooms being used for employees do not meet our requirements and we are working with the supplier to ensure a comprehensive set of corrective actions are rapidly implemented,” an Apple spokesperson said.
A large number of Foxconn India employees working at its facility in Sriperumbudur (majority of them women) protested earlier this month by resorting to a road blockade as over 150 of the employees were taken ill after consuming food provided at a hostel managed by the firm. The blockade, which resulted in disruption of traffic on the Chennai-Bengaluru highway, ended after the intervention of the state government officials. The officials later also met members of the Foxconn management and issued various directives to improve the living conditions and stay facilities for employees.
Foxconn then assured the government that it would provide standard food and other quality facilities to the employees and also said it would, in a tie-up with SIPCOT, work to build new hostel premises at a cost of Rs 570 crore to accommodate around 18,750 employees.

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