Countless Workers of a Chinese smartphone manufacturing Center here resorted to violence Thursday after about 200 of them were”sacked without notice”, officials said.
Approximately 1,200 employees of this Hipad Technology India, making Xiaomi and Oppo phones, went on a rampage throwing stones at the construction and barging into the facility in Sector 63, ” they said.
However, the firm had no official response till the time that the report was filed.
Police force was set up at the site even as senior officers, including Superintendent of Police, Noida City, Sudha Singh, reached there to assess the situation.
Singh said authorities were alerted regarding the violence breaking out in the mill, under Stage 3 police station limits, around 10am and immediately reached the spot.
“We must know that several employees had resorted to violence after they had been’sacked’ by their workplace without any notice,” she said.
Singh stated no formal complaint was lodged by the company till the afternoon, even as authorities were probing the facts.
But a police official, who did not want to be named, said three to four people are picked up for questioning over their alleged participation in the violence.
A source of the company said they had intimidated the seller — employees’ contractor — in advance about the changes.
“Also, it is clearly mentioned in the stipulations of the contract that the company can reduce the amount of employees without notice,” the source stated.
The Labour Department officials who attained the unit in the day said it seemed to be a case of”miscommunication” on the organization’s part.
“Because of shortage of raw material, the firm had asked the vendors to tell these people to not come for work out of Monday. But they continued to return to office and the direction now barred them from punching in (biometric entry).
“The vendor had possibly not informed the employees that’s why they kept coming to function that apparently led to this misunderstanding. The office asked them to leave the premises and also the employees said they weren’t educated about the decision and were sacked that is why they resorted to violence,” Assistant Labour Commissioner Harish Chandra Singh told PTI.
The sellers weren’t available in the site for clarification on the issue, Singh added.
He explained the company claimed that it has engaged a neighbouring firm at which it wanted to train those employees, but due to power-related issues that couldn’t occur instantly.
“The organization said they did not directly inform the workers about the training programme but told this to the vendor,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, a private security guard at the unit clarified the morning shift employees had arrived at 8am for work and over two hours the rampage had begun.
“They went inside and typically by 8.30am they all set to work on the assembly line.
He also claimed that after the violence many employees fled the building with various mobile phones and other gadgets from the construction.