“Wang Yu Ping, a member of the army of migrant workers who piece together everything from iPhones to Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) laptops at factories spread throughout this country, isn’t happy with the world’s gaze on his life on a Foxconn assembly line,” John Boudreau reports for The Mercury News.

“Under pressure from Apple, labor activists and consumer groups, Foxconn recently vowed to improve working conditions at its vast network of factories. The world’s largest electronics manufacturer raised base pay to about $400 a month and slashed overtime work to no more than 18 hours a month,” Boudreau reports. “But for the assembly-line worker, that’s a problem. “It’s not good for us,” said Wang, a 30-year-old from central Hubei province who has assembled iPhones and is now building casings for desktop computers. While the pay hike was welcome, the cut in overtime limits what he can take home each month. ‘I am working here for the money,’ said Wang, his face tense and tired. ‘If I can’t make more money, I may not choose to work here.’”

Boudreau reports, “As part of a campaign to highlight the efforts they’ve made to improve working conditions, Foxconn and its largest customer, Apple, invited journalists from this newspaper to tour parts of Foxconn City, a sprawling campus for some 200,000 workers, and interview workers chosen by the companies. But the two journalists also interviewed a dozen workers outside the factory, with no involvement from Foxconn or Apple. These workers offered a more nuanced view of work there. Most said there had been improvements, but they were still critical of aspects of how they were treated. Others appreciated the work as a path out of poverty and found little cause for complaints.”

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