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Foxconn raises salaries again, amidst a backlash against the FLA's rosy work conditions remarks

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Foxconn raises salaries again, amidst a backlash against the FLA's rosy work conditions remarks
Pressured from many sides about the working conditions at its factories, Foxconn decided to raise salaries for the third time since 2010 as of this month. Workers at Foxconn will be getting between 16-25% pay rise, as Foxconn's parent Hon Hai shares shot up, buoyed by record sales of Apple's iPhone 4S.

In the meantime, the Fair Labor Association's chair comments that conditions at the factory in Foxconn City are far from the worst they've seen, drew ire from labor rights proponents, and even from some of his own lieutenants. Jorge Perez-Lopez, who is second in command at the FLA, said "The work we're doing at Foxconn is not about first impressions or whether something has a paint job or not. The proof will be in the pie, will be in the eating. It will be when the report comes out."

The preliminary FLA report is not due until early March, and the organization has 30 people onsite to audit the factories and conduct anonymous interviews with at least a third of the 100 000-strong army that works at these Foxconn plants.

source: Reuters & PCMag

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posted on 17 Feb 2012, 08:38 8

1. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


Very interesting that salaries are being raised during or right before the FLA starts interviewing employees about pay, living conditions and management.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:25 1

2. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Indeed!

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:46

3. c.hack (Posts: 508; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


The FLA already noted that Apple's subcontractors have some of the best benefits, pay and working conditions of any Chinese workers.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:58

8. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


I think those actually concerned are just using the commercial presence of Apple to force people to look into conditions. No one really seemed to give two s**ts last year when this all went down, or the few years prior when the sweat shops first became newsworthy.

Since then however it has become old news and people managed to push it to the back of their minds then act shocked when the economy is taking a plunge. I think anyone concerned should put as much pressure as possible on Apple or your company of choice. Just know that Apple and its popular products are sensational enough to get press.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:47 5

4. pattypatterson (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 May 2010)


If my mother tells me she is coming over to visit, Im clean up everything I dont want her to see...

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 10:54

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


And you think your fooling your mom... hmmmm nice try

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 11:31

7. Stuticus (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


Yes but your mother RAISED you. Those two are not the same thing.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:15

9. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Then dont use it as an example..

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 17:12

20. Stuticus (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


Um lol I didn't?

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 09:49 1

5. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I know,all the condoms,thongs and dirty pics safely hidden away...lol

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 19:26

22. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


your mom should have used a condom

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 12:19 1

10. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Aww, look crazed defenders, even the FLA is calling bull on the FLA prelim report.

So they got a 25% raise huh? that raises them to almost 40 cents an hour!! And no, that was not sarcasm.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:57

13. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I thought it was 40 before and now 50

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 15:21

18. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


id have to look it up but if i remember right minimum wage in that area was 30-38 cents depending where you worked.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:36

11. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The fla isnt stupid. Let's all calm down and wait for the report before smashing it

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 13:50 1

12. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


If apple doesnt do nothing.. they bash.. and if they do.. they still bash... seems to me that fandroids...some have issues...

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 14:21 1

14. tedkord (Posts: 4687; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, its nothing at all like the iFans, who in every story about a newly announced android phone jump in and call it another garbage, fragmented android device, even though no one's tried the phone yet because its not released. Only Fandroids attack regardless, iFans are totally justified.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 14:32 1

16. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats because apple invents everything and ifans are always right and never blindly defend or attack without reason.

oooooohh... riiiiight...

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 16:55

19. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Awwww you need a hug.. dude.. calm down and move on... Android will be second best... and number one choice for geeks...

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 17:57

21. dreammixer (banned) (Posts: 81; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


There's nobody bashing on android articles. It's only on Apple articles.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 22:10 1

26. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


absolutely right. we never see you, gallito, or any other crazed ibots on an article about android. nope nope nope..

oooooh wait..

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 09:51

27. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I can stay away of the boring Android articles... but you fandroids cant stay away from the multiples Apple articles.. besides fandroids will rush into apple articles ..we dont rush... big difference

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 12:16

28. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


youbcan stay away from android articles yet your feathered mug has posted on nearly all of them.

besides this is a story about human rights as much as it is about apple/foxconn abusing those rights.

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 14:23

15. tedkord (Posts: 4687; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Waitaminnit. ISh**p is a banned word here, but Fandroids isn't? Biased much, PA?

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 19:31

23. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


is it really? no way lets see. iSh**p hahahahahaha no way it wouldnt even let me post it! garbage a$$ website

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 19:32

24. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


wait i wonder...iSheeep

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 19:32

25. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)


haha it worked!!! lol stupid iSheeep

posted on 17 Feb 2012, 15:12 1

17. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


Apparently the FLA is actually funded by the companies that it is supposed to be "investigating". WTF is that?

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/17/opinion/nova-apple-foxconn/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

"Unfortunately, while there are some fine people at the association, the organization is not the independent watchdog Apple claims it to be. Indeed, most of its money -- millions of dollars per year -- comes from the very companies whose labor practices it is supposed to scrutinize."

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