Foxconn pledges to double iPhone\iPad factory workers' salary by end of 2013

Foxconn pledges to double iPhone\iPad factory workers' salary by end of 2013
We've all seen the reports on the news, and heard the water cooler talk about how the workers at the Foxconn plants in China are underpaid, overworked, and often subject to harsh working conditions. Foxconn is the assembly company Apple contracts the production of the iPad and iPhone to, and has received criticism from the media for the unfair treatment of workers, and factory conditions.

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!


source: ZDNet

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49 Comments

1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

things are seeming to change for the good... along with iDevices made in AmerCIA lol...

2. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

What is wrong with immediately???

38. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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: Feb 09, 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: May 16, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

can you provide proof of this,.. please

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

google is your friend.

25. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

nop is not.. I use Bing...

27. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

http://www.telecompaper.com/news/samsung-electronics-vietnam-opens-mobile-handset-factory Nice attempt to twist the fact but labours are much cheaper in Vietnam & Indonesia.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: May 16, 2012

http://www.televisions.com/tv-news/Samsung-plans-new-TV-factory-in-China.php India pay is cheaper than China too, Bing it fanboy.

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

is that a TV factory or a phone factory? I coulda sworn this was a phone site.

36. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: May 16, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: May 16, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Remix isn't interested in any facts. Here's only here to bash and act opinionated without knowing the facts.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

again, you live in opposite world.

49. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Its a fact

8. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Foxconn isn't owned by Apple

35. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

very true.

4. bella92108

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 06, 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: Dec 23, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Haha did you just admit you're a hypocrite? Notice my correct spelling of the word.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Apple nice job on being a leader on workers rights and pressuring Foxconn to improve conditions. No other company OS doing this btw.

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