The Fair Labor Association released a detailed report of their month-long investigation into Foxconn Thursday, and the report contains violations-O-plenty of FLA labor standards and Chinese workplace law.
FLA auditors documented 50 different violations of FLA standards and Chinese workplace law including overtime hours of 80 per month compared to the 36 hours per month allowed by Chinese law. Foxconn has agreed to comply with FLA and Chinese standards concerning workers hours by July 2013.
“During peak production, the average number of hours worked per week at Foxconn factories exceeded both the FLA Code standard and Chinese legal limits. This was true in all three factories. Further, there were periods during which some employees worked more than seven days in a row without the required minimum 24-hour break,” — FLA Report.
and included over 35,000 anonymous surveys to help gain insight into the working conditions.
Some notable findings from the survey include 64% of workers claiming that their wages didn’t meet their basic needs, with another 43% claiming they have witnessed a onsite accident.
"Many of Foxconn’s health and safety violations, including blocked exits, lack of or faulty personal protective equipment, and missing permits have already been remedied. Additionally, Foxconn has agreed to change the system by which accidents are recorded. In the past, only those accidents that caused work stoppage were recorded as accidents. Moving forward, all accidents that result in an injury will be recorded and addressed," — FLA Report
Interesting tidbit, reading through the report some of the worst violations were committed at factories that make Xboxes. When was the last time Steve Ballmer visited one of Microsoft’s overseas manufacturing facilities?