Foxconn raises basic pay by 16% for certain line workers and cuts probation period in half

Foxconn raises basic pay by 16% for certain line workers and cuts probation period in half
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, also known as Foxconn, has had a hard time finding labor in Zhengzhou. To keep current workers and attract new ones, line employees at the factory will get a 16% hike in basic pay while the probation period for new workers is cut in half to 3 months from 6 months. Foxconn has more than 1 million employees in the country and its factories assemble both the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. Starting at the beginning of this month, Foxconn raised the monthly pay (excluding overtime) for production line workers in Zhengzhou to 1,800 yuan ($283.10 USD) from 1,550 yuan ($243.78 USD) which is supplemented by an additional 200 yuan ($31.46 USD) bonus during the busy months of August through November

Earlier this year, the Fair Labor Association in Washington put pressure on Foxconn to improve working conditions after a series of worker suicides at the Shenzen factory in 2010 which was followed by an explosion the following year at a factory in Chengdu. The FLA says that Foxconn has improved conditions at three factories and should have the other plants meeting its standards by the middle of next year. The company made 89 improvements to many of its facilities, and came in ahead of schedule. Foxconn is also backing a local law that would extend the number of workers who can receive unemployment benefits. Still, the company has a way to go to meet some other laws such as lowering the amount of overtime for 170,000 Chinese workers to within legal limits.

source: WSJ



7. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

$40 month? If these products were for any other company the would be protests. But people think Apple is a great company.

5. Jphones

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

WTF $283.10 USD a month is still slave labor. how about they pay them a decent salary. An apple the benefactor should be fined to they just got a billion dollars from samsung so they can help chip in. Smh what a world we live in where the most valuable company in the world is payin another company to profit from slave labor

9. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

If you factored in the fact that they only pay $0.70USD a meal and $63USD monthly rent, they don't take much money home at all.

3. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Hey, anything positive is good!

1. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

That's a good thing. Before you troll, remember that every companies hardware is assembled in such circumstances. Don't wanna buy China labor production? Throw away your Intel computer, your shoes, your clothes...

2. wendygarett unregistered

Sorry dude, just wait and listen some suicide news coming soon :)

4. applesauce

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Not every company has their products made in such conditions. Many cell phones and other consumer electronics, yes, there may be similar situations, but not every. The issue isn't just working conditions and pay, its that apple, currently the most profitable company on the planet, is so aggressive with cost cutting that the workers in the factories are treated as disposable robots, and the managements continue to encourage maximum cost cutting, in order to keep their inflated margins, not out of a sense of quality control or lower purchase prices, and in doing so have made themselves out to be greedy "fat cats" with little regard for the "little man"

6. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Yes, it is an issue. Not for Apple only, but for Apple especially. They have autority, they have more way more money than Cook can eat for - they have the potential to turn this thing around.

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