“Foxconn Technology Group, the assembler of most of the world’s top-selling electronic gadgets including Apple Inc’s iPhone, is trying to raise participation in its union as part of efforts to dispel a rash of bad publicity over poor working conditions and labor disputes,” Clare Jim reports for Reuters. “Apple, Foxconn’s main client, asked the U.S.- based Fair Labor Association (FLA) to review Foxconn’s operations last year…”

“Foxconn said on Monday it was increasing the number of junior employee representatives in committees within the union representing its workers. It said all its sites had been holding elections to increase the number of such positions, and the management was not involved in the election process,” Jim reports. “‘As a part of efforts to implement the Action Plan that was developed together with the Fair Labor Association, Foxconn is introducing measures to enhance employee representation in the Foxconn Labor Union and to raise employees’ awareness of the organization,’ it said in a statement.”

Jim reports, “Foxconn’s latest plan follows recommendations in the FLA report. It has already implemented other recommendations and has increased wages and improved amenities at its sites. Foxconn is the trading name of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.”

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