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

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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28 Comments

1. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

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

2. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Indeed!

3. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

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

8. Contreramanjaro

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

4. pattypatterson

Posts: 48; Member since: May 28, 2010

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

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

7. Stuticus

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

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

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Then dont use it as an example..

20. Stuticus

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Um lol I didn't?

5. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

22. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

your mom should have used a condom

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I thought it was 40 before and now 50

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

14. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

21. dreammixer

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

27. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17489; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

23. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

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

24. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

wait i wonder...iSheeep

25. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

haha it worked!!! lol stupid iSheeep

17. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 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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