Riot at iPhone Factory in India

Published December 15, 2020

Riot at iPhone Factory in India

A riot erupted at the Wistron iPhone factory in Narasapura, India over unpaid wages, causing an estimated $60 million dollars of damage.

The riot involved almost 2,000 workers who rose up against the capitalist conditions of exploitation at the iPhone factory.

Videos from within the factory show rioters starting a fire, damaging machinery, smashing windows, and even overturning cars in the parking lot.

Militant workers destroyed the company’s furniture, assembly units and set fire to vehicles. The riot was sparked by anger that the company was not paying the amount that was promised to them at the time of joining.

Thousands of iPhones were expropriated during the riot. The uprising has caused Wistron to suspend production of iPhones for two weeks. Because the incident occurred before the peak Christmas season, Wistron’s losses could be larger than the preliminary estimate.