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Foxconn India Employees To Go On Hunger-Strike On Jan 23

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A security guard stands at the entrance of a factory operated by Taiwan-based IT giant Foxconn at Sriperumpudur, in the outskirts of Chennai, on July 27, 2010. Taiwan's troubled IT giant Foxconn has suspended operations at a factory in India after 250 workers were hospitalised in an incident thought to be linked to spraying of pesticide. Work at the facility in Chennai, southern India, was halted on July 26 and is expected to resume in about a week, Foxconn said in a statement. Foxconn, whose parent Hon Hai is a major supplier for Apple and other electronics giants, has been hit by a series of suicides at production facilities in China that have damaged the company's reputation. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Chennai: Stepping up their stir against suspension of production at Foxconn India's facility near here, the employees have decided to go on a day-long hunger strike on January 23 as part of seeking the state government's attention, Union sources said today.

Trouble began at the manufacturing facilities of Foxconn situated at Sriperumbudur near here after it decided to suspend production from December 22, 2014. Fearing job losses the employees have been resorting to agitations since then.

Six round of tripartite talks have been so far been held, but there has been no breakthrough as employees have been insisting that the plant be reopened.

Yesterday, the Foxconn India Employees Union, backed by CITU, took out a procession towards the District Collector's office, Sriperumbudur, as part of seeking his intervention to prevail on the government to take action on the matter.

"We have informed the Collector of our apprehensions. Seeking state government's intervention we will go on a hunger strike on January 23," Foxconn India Employees Union President E Muthu Kumar told .

"Our next course of action is to go on a hunger strike. On January 27, we will meet senior Labour Department officials, voicing our protest," he said.

In a notice to employees, Foxconn had offered Voluntary Retirement Scheme or severance package as part of suspending production. The company was supplying more than 70 per cent of parts to telecom major Nokia, which had suspended production from November 1, 2014. Following Nokia's exit from Sriperumbudur, production dwindled at Foxconn's manufacturing facilities, which led to suspension of production at its unit.