The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday called on Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to develop a series of measures to improve the working conditions and quality of life of contract workers at their Chennai facility.
The government had to intervene after employees protested and complained about the poor quality of food in the workplace and in the dormitories, which resulted in several workers being admitted to various hospitals.
In 2020, Foxconn had pledged to invest over Rs 7,000 billion to expand facilities, including the assembly of premium products such as Apple’s iPhones.
The announcement made by the Additional Chief Secretary for Industries, S. Krishnan, and the Additional Director General of Police, P. Thamarai Kannan, on the 23rd ‘Rooms, washrooms, water and other basic amenities in the hostel. The notice also stated that employees’ rooms should be adequately ventilated.
Government proposals included obtaining the necessary approval from the district collector for the employee dormitories and taking action to prepare the food served to the employees in their accommodation.
It also advised the company to ensure that workers are granted emergency leave if necessary, and proposed an alternative arrangement to ensure the necessary strength of workers through an employment agency when some workers go on holiday.
In a related government statement, Foxconn said it would urge its contractors to provide quality food to all of the company’s 15,000 employees and vowed that they will soon expand their facility and operations to employ more people.
Meanwhile, the government-run State Industries Promotion Corporation (SIPCOT) is building an integrated hostel complex for Rs 570 billion near Kanchipuram, an area near the city of Chennai where most of the major industries are located. The government statement said the building will be built on 20 acres of land and will have eight blocks of 11 stories each. The government statement said the construction project will be completed in 18 months and can accommodate up to 18,750 people.