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  • Foxconn Cuts Work Hours for Employees Leaving Workers Worried

    Factory workers at Apple’s supplier, Foxconn, reportedly seem worried after it had been announced that their hours will be cut after audits were conducted on the facilities. Workers are worried that they might not be able to make enough money to support their families.

    The supplier announced on Thursday that it would reduce employee working hours to 49 hours per week including overtime. The change was one that was made in response to violations found by the Fair Labor Association, which audited Foxconn’s facilities at the request of Apple.

    The FLA issued its report on Thursday revealing that it had discovered excess working times along wih various code violations at three of the Foxconn factories that were investigated. Each audit reviewed 3,000 staff hours and over 35,000 workers in total. Although the move seems like it would help solve the situation, employees are concerned that their wages will also be cut along with their hours. Working less overtime is assumed to equate to earning less money. A worker from Hunan, Chen Yamei, says that employees were told that they “can only work a maximum of 36 hours a month of overtime,” which she and many others feel is too little.

    The audit came to fruition after Apple opted to join the association in January, making it the first technology company to do so. Factory conditions have become an increasingly popular issue in the media as Tim Cook himself even visited a Foxconn iPhone plant during his recent trip to China.

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Foxconn Cuts Work Hours for Employees Leaving Workers Worried started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RyoSaeba View Post
      @unison999: In this case, yes, the FLA is the bad guy. The workers welcome the OT. In China, there's not a lot of places that pays you for OT. They pay OT as time off so you'll never have extra money in your pocket. Just extra days off, when the company allows you of course.

      Now, because of the FLA involvement, these workers will be forced to get paid less and they have no way to make up for that loss! Foxconn will simply hire more people to cover the lost hours without paying OT! It's a win for Foxconn and a loss for the workers. But I guess the FLA didn't thought about that as they thought they were helping the workers.

      Just to add, if you think Foxconn will raise their salary again, forget it. There are other countries that are willing to work for less. When the salary hits a certain point, they'll simply be forced to relocate to another country. Then all te million workers the FLA is trying to help will be jobless! Thanks FLA!

      Again this is not FLA's fault, if working more OT is not allowed by law of the land Foxconn can not make or allow workers work more. If the workers have a problem with that, change the labor laws!!!
      When they were hired they knew what the conditions are and how much they get paid, they accepted. If following the rules of the law set by the country is not good enough, well they need to find another job that pays more preferably within the legal hours.
      Foxconn already have a factory ready in Brazil before all this happened, so don't blame relocation because of this FLA labor violations findings.

      Quote Originally Posted by nicrfe View Post
      Lol, more relaxed them most countries? People work way more then 50hrs a week around the globe. Maybe not in your field (assuming you have a field in witch you work) but in production jobs 50hrs just doesn't cut it.
      Bottem line is if you are not willing to do the job 100hrs a week or more you just aren't willing to do the job.
      Stop pressing your ideal on real workers trying to provide food for there familes.
      I said most not all.
      If you need 50~100 hours more in OT you need to hire another worker.
      They are only following their own labor law, if that is not good enough they can change it.
      This is my personal opinion about your last statement, maybe someone else in the family needs to work if they need to force this 1 person to work 100 hours a week overtime.
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      @unison999: Again, the FLA is to blame because if they are going to police one factory, they'll need to do them all to have any effect. The factory in Brazil was not meant to replace the ones in China. But if costs becomes too high, it will be replaced. Simple as that.

      Bottom line, the FLA was brought in to help the workers but they'll end up hurting them more. When you realize that you can't force western political correctness on the world, you will understand my point of view.