‘Foxconn plant to stay shut for three more days’

Protests sparked week-long closure

Apple supplier Foxconn’s plant near Chennai will stay shut for three more days, a senior government official said, extending a week-long closure following workers’ protests sparked by a food-poisoning incident.

The plant is expected to start production with 1,000 workers on December 30, according to the person close to the matter who was not authorised to speak with media and declined to be identified.

A separate government source had said last week that the plant was closed on December 18 and was expected to remain shut until December 26. The gates of the factory, which is on the outskirts of Chennai, were open on Monday morning and some vehicles were moving in and out but the area was mostly deserted.

The plant makes iPhone 12 models, and media reports have said Apple had started trial production of its flagship iPhone13 at the factory recently.

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