Foxconn Still Exceeding Work Hour Laws
Hon Hai Precision Industry recently made some effort towards improving labor conditions according to a new report but the Apple supplier is still working its employees more than Chinese labor law allows. According to The Wall Street Journal
, the Fair Labor Association recently released its latest evaluation on Hon Hai’s (better known as Foxconn) labor practices. It was found that Foxconn complied with 98.3% of 360 suggested action items from the labor watchdog’s last evaluation.
The Apple supplier fell short in working hours, which is an area Apple has been pushing for its suppliers to improve. The supplier code mandates a 60-hour maximum work week but the Chinese law limits the workweek to 40 hours, with 36 hours as the maximum amount of overtime per month. Foxconn and Apple agreed to reach compliance with Chinese law by July 2013. The report though found that Foxconn workers were working between 40 and 60 hours per week in two facilities and between 40 and 70 hours per week at another during the weeks leading up to the launch of the latest iPhone. The facilities employed roughly 170,000 people.
Foxconn recently made considerable progress in other areas though. The Chinese firm improved compliance in most actionable areas, making changes to its intern policy, protecting workers from excessive heat, and building more fire escapes and toilets. The union participation rate at Foxconn facilities also improved significantly with the percentage of worker representatives in main union committees growing from 20% to 40%.
The Cupertino California company has continually pressed its suppliers to improve their labor operations over the past few years, going so far as to terminate a contract with one supplier found to be using underage workers. Among Apple suppliers, 99% of the more than one million strong workforce don’t work excessive hours. We’ll have to wait and see if Foxconn can further improve their compliance rate though.
Source: The Wall Street Journal