Apple, which has put its supplier, Weichuang, in “trial mode,” said on Saturday it would not award a new business contract to the Taiwan based manufacturer until workers at its factories in southern India are paid. Apple said in a statement that its early audit results showed violations of its & quot; supplier code of conduct & quot; following the violence at its Wegener plant in Karnataka, India. < / P > < p > on December 12, angry contract workers who owed wages destroyed property, equipment and finished iPhones, causing millions of dollars in losses to Wistron and forcing it to close its factory. < / P > < p > Apple said that Weichuang did not implement an appropriate man hour management process, which resulted in delayed payment of wages in October and November;. < / P > < p > on Saturday, wetrong admitted that some workers at the narasapra plant in Karnataka were not properly or timely paid, and would replace a senior executive responsible for overseeing the Indian business. Apple said it would continue to monitor progress on corrective action by Wegener: & quot; our main goal is to ensure that all workers are treated with dignity and respect and are fully compensated in a timely manner. &Apple also said it continued to investigate problems at the factory, which assembles an iPhone model about 50 kilometers outside Bangalore, the Southern Technology Center. < / P > < p > & quot; this is a new factory, and we recognize that we made mistakes in our expansion, & quot; westron said in a statement. &Some of the processes we have developed to manage labor agencies and payments need to be strengthened and upgraded. &Apple has sent a strong message to its suppliers that they need to comply with its standards, said Neil Shah of counterpoint, a Hong Kong Technology Research Institute. < / P > < p > & quot; in the long run, this should make suppliers more cautious and may create less such public relations trouble for apple. &As part of the incentive plan to link the production of smart phones in New Delhi, wetrong has promised to invest about 13 billion rupees (177 million US dollars) in the next five years. < / P > < p > a source told Reuters earlier that wetrong had planned to produce another iPhone model at its narasapra plant, and planned to employ as many as 20000 workers within a year. < p > < p > after a number of violent incidents, the factory was unable to respond to the rapid expansion of the factory. The number of workers with adequate human resources in the Department of labor has not increased from 10500 to 10500, according to the report;. < / P > < p > other violations highlighted in the report include underpaying contract workers and cleaners, and allowing female employees to work overtime without legal authorization. < / P > < p > the results of this inspection, together with the results of another preliminary government audit, confirmed the dissatisfaction of at least six wetrong workers with the lack of pay and poor attendance record system, which they described in an interview with Reuters. < / P > < p > the violence against Weichuang may frustrate Apple’s plans to expand in India, where Apple has been betting on expanding its manufacturing base outside China. < / P > < p > Apple began to assemble its first iPhone model in India in 2017 through Weichuang. Now, it has stepped up its assembly business, with Foxconn in southern India, and another top supplier, hushuo, will start operations there. Global Tech

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