Foxconn to Raise Worker Salaries Even with Reduced Overtime Hours
Foxconn’s Chairman, Terry Gou, has announced the company will continue to raise worker salaries, even though it planned to reduce overtime hours available to workers, in response to findings from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) audits, notes Reuters.
“We are a saying now in the company, ‘you work fewer hours, but get more pay’,” Gou told Reuters at the 2012 Boao Forum for Asia in China’s Hainan island province. “We won’t stop here and will continue to increase salaries.”
Last week Apple and Foxconn agreed to make changes based on audit reports of the FLA. Foxconn factories that produce the iPad and iPhone will soon have better working conditions, improved safety, better housing and amenities, and the elimination of illegal overtime–which some workers were upset about.
Foxconn also noted they would be further expanding factories in Brazil and build new locations in Hainan, China, but would not disclose what products would be assembled there. The company currently has 1.2 million workers.
Just last week Apple CEO Tim Cook visited China and met with government officials and visited a new Foxconn iPhone factory. Apple has continued its pledge to improve working conditions for workers within its supply chain, as noted in their 2012 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report.