Foxconn pledges to double iPhone\iPad factory workers' salary by end of 2013
Foxconn has pledged to give factory workers raises, as well as adjust working hours to be a more humane position for the worker. Presently, the base salary of the factory employees is about $350 US per month, above the region's $240 monthly minimum wage. Workers on the assembly line will make about $700 US per month once the raise goes into effect.
It's widely expected that Apple will be the one footing the bill for the raise. Even at the higher pay, the price to manufacture the iPhone and iPad in China will stay significantly less than in the United States. Apple is known for paying a very fair wage to its US-based retail and corporate employees, so it's nice to see the Cupertino giant sharing the love with the ones who put together the toys we all love so much!
1. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
things are seeming to change for the good...
along with iDevices made in AmerCIA lol...
38. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
its not easy/quick to make such infrastructure changes... and yes it qualifies as infrastructure as paying for work is a large part of their entire business-- cant make big changes super quickly and half a year seems reasonable
3. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
"Apple is known for paying a very fair wage to its US-based retail and corporate employees, so it's nice to see the Cupertino giant sharing the love with the ones who put together the toys we all love so much!"
Let's be honest here... the reason Apple moved its business out of the US was to take full advantage of some of the poorest paid people and regions in the world...
Doubling their pittance wage is hardly what I'd call 'sharing the love'
Apparently it costs less than £5 to manufacture an iphone 4S - what's the RRP again?
Whether you're a fan of Apple or not, you cannot dispute that they are the world's richest company off the back of some of the world's poorest... there's no sharing of love with them... it's all about the profit.
7. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Don't be stupid even for your company that designs galaxy s3 with a lawyer have plants in Vietnam, China to take advantage of cheap labour.
16. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
The SGS3 is made in korea, and samsung's other primary spot is in the phillipines and india. All spots pay way better than every foxconn factory, and they offer insurance and vacation benifits with much more bearable hours.
22. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
can you provide proof of this,.. please
27. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Nice attempt to twist the fact but labours are much cheaper in Vietnam & Indonesia.
29. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
amazing how that blurb has NO info on how much they make. you should try searching for that, fool.
28. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
India pay is cheaper than China too, Bing it fanboy.
30. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
is that a TV factory or a phone factory? I coulda sworn this was a phone site.
36. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Wow you just got destroyed again. Sad thing is you've been claiming forever Samsung pays more without ever bothering to look it up. You just assume because that's what you want to believe.
37. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Yeah the real sweatshop is Samsung, is just that Samsung is so small as compared to Apple that they didn't get the attention.
poor Korean company.
39. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
tell me where in that article about the phone factory it says anything about their payscale.
you really DONT know how to read at all, do you taco?
42. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Dude Galaxy S also have variant made in Vietnam. That's where the Galaxy S3 leaks come from, including those AMOLED screens.
43. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Remix isn't interested in any facts. Here's only here to bash and act opinionated without knowing the facts.
35. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
4. bella92108 (Posts: 8; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
Fongy - not sure about your cost of manufacture quote, I don't think it's that low, but yeah, it's low. The argument is the same as anything else.. it's the world we live in. The economy says if the iPhone is to maintain it's margin, it has to be made cheap. If they were to make it in the US or Europe, it'd be a $2000 phone to maintain the same margin, and if they didn't maintain the margin, the stock price would suffer, and people would complain. People don't want to work in developed nations for what others will work for in developing nations, and people want stock performance and cheap gadgets. so we are the root of our own evils. :-)
5. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)
And is there such thing as too much margin??? That is a false argument, as it would only cost another 80.00 or so per unit to manufacture their iphone in the US. The only way to counteract such destructive greed in on the legislative side. Simple, really. You wanna sell products with such ridiculous margins in the US, then you must manufacture said product in the US. Yes, you will have to provide dignified wages and working conditions for your workers, boo hoo.
6. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
with the tech that apple uses, Jm is pretty right. It wouldnt be ridiculously expencive to manufacture in the US. The problem is that they would have to conform to actual workers rights, which they dont have in China. Moto and Nokia both used to manufacture their sets heavily in the US. Apple may have to come down to a more "normal" 30+% margin instead of their 60-70% margins, but it could quite easily be done.
If they opened up shop in america and the phones were 100% american made, I would happily buy one to support more companies to do the same.
IF this goes through AS advertised, its an important and good first step.
Id like to thank everyone that took a stand on behalf of the iSlaave workers and demanded better, by signing petitions, writing emails if you did, and boycotting the products.
To those apathetic morons who just shrugged their heads and said "whatever" and "i dont want to hear about it".... SHAME on you. Change comes from pressure, not from apathy.
9. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Now you just have to stop buying clothes made in sweatshops, toys made in sweatshops, Samsung products made in sweatshops...
Oh wait you only care if it's Apple
12. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
whats worse, a person taking a stand on something, or the person that takes a stand on nothing, like you, taco? hmm.?
13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Haha did you just admit you're a hypocrite? Notice my correct spelling of the word.
14. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i didnt admit anything other than taking a stand.. AGAINST Foxconn and especially FOXCONN-APPLE, since they were the worst offenders.
The same thing I've always admitted, troll.
Just face it. Your an apathetic troll with no spine.
10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Apple nice job on being a leader on workers rights and pressuring Foxconn to improve conditions. No other company OS doing this btw.
11. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
See...this bothers me. Most companies would suffer heavily if they just all of a sudden doubled EVERYONE's salary. Foxconn can do it as if it's nothing? That means profits were extremely high to begin with. I'm glad to see the news...but I'm so concerned with the ease they just double everyone's salary...it's just not right and I wish the Chinese people would do something about this. Talk about a country that needs to overthrow their government...
34. Republican (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Blasphemy!!! Double their pay? Our costs will go up. Move the factories to Africa, if they dont like it. The chinese are becoming too expensive, just like american workers did.
Dont mess with the Free Markets.
45. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Crikey, I caused a bit of controversy there!
Funny thing is, I don't even own a Samsung phone...
I loved the way though people instantly thought I did!
I'm not dead against Apple (maybe their lack of innovation perhaps...) and I've just ordered and new iPad... my point here is Apple isn't 'sharing any love' - no doubt similar to other companies, but, don't because it's a US company think for one minute that they are better than Korean or Chinese, etc. because they're not... they're the richest because they've constantly and consistently treated their workers (non-US workers of course) the worst... The profits they are raking in is disgusting compared to the pay given out to their production workers and the conditions they have to work under...
48. JunitoNH (Posts: 925; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Yes!!!!!!! Now we can all make $10 a week. If I save enough, say twenty years, I can purchase one those devices I help to assemble. Sorry my dear family, rice patties for you tonight again.