Apple and Foxconn to Improve Working Conditions and Pay in China

in General Discussion edited January 2014
In a landmark agreement, Apple Inc, and its manufacturer Foxconn vow to improve working conditions in China, in part by hiring ?tens of thousands of new workers,? Reuters reports. The two companies will also improve safety conditions, eliminate illegal overtime, and improve worker housing.

The chances come after the Fair Labor Association conducted an investigation after accusations of worker mistreatment. FLA President Auret van Heerden told Reuters that ?Apple and Foxconn are obviously the two biggest players in this sector and since they?re teaming up to drive this change, I really do think they set the bar for the rest of the sector.?

Foxconn intends to cut workers back to a 49-hour work week, which includes overtime, without cutting compensation for workers. Currently, the FLA found that workers averaged more than 60-hours a week during peak production times. The manufacturer will also build new housing for its laborers, and make improvement to accident reporting procedures, and set in place aid for laborer?s to enroll in social welfare programs. Foxconn also raised wages by up to 25 percent, and began advertising monthly wages as 1,800 yuan ($290), which is 300 more yuan than the minimum monthly wage.

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