Union Labour Ministry seeks report from Tamil Nadu over reports of married women denied work at Foxconn plant

Foxconn is under the scanner for allegedly not allowing married women to work at its Apple iPhone plant in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

Updated - June 26, 2024 10:03 pm IST

Published - June 26, 2024 08:58 pm IST - New Delhi

Foxconn buses carry workers near the entrance to the Foxconn factory in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu on April 1, 2024.

Foxconn buses carry workers near the entrance to the Foxconn factory in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu on April 1, 2024. | Photo Credit: Reuters

The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment has sought a detailed report from the Tamil Nadu Labour Department amid reports that married women are not allowed to work at the Foxconn India Apple iPhone plant.

Section 5 of the Equal Remuneration Act 1976 stipulates that no discrimination is to be made while recruiting men and women workers, the Labour Ministry said in a statement. As the State government is the appropriate authority for the enforcement and administration of the provisions of this Act, the report has been sought from it, it stated.

At the same time, it stated that the office of Regional Chief Labour Commissioner has also been directed to furnish the report to the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India. The Labour and Employment Ministry takes note of media reports on married women not being allowed to work at Foxconn India Apple iPhone plant in Tamil Nadu, it added.

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