Foxconn Pledges to Ease Up on Factory Workers
Electronics manufacturer Foxconn has taken some considerable hits to its public image in recent years as reports about shocking labor conditions at the Apple supplier’s factories cropped up with more frequency than new iPad product launches. On Sunday, Foxconn’s chairman said that the company is changing its ways. –KA
WAIT, BEFORE YOU GO…
Speaking at the 2012 Boao Forum for Asia in China, chairman Terry Gou told Reuters yesterday that “we are saying now in the company, ‘you work fewer hours, but get more pay.’ We won’t stop here and will continue to increase salaries.”
Gou was reacting to questions over last week’s audit from the Fair Labor Association that uncovered a number of violations at three Foxconn factories in China.
In just its initial report, the FLA found that Foxconn workers were putting in more than 60 hours per week, while many were working seven days a week without a day off. The report also discovered that workers were not being fairly compensated for overtime or even for the cost of living in Shenzhen and Chengu where the factories are located.
If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.
Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.