“Foxconn Technology Group, the top maker of Apple Inc’s iPhones and iPads whose factories are under scrutiny over labor practices, has raised wages of its Chinese workers by 16-25 percent from this month, the third rise since 2010,” Clare Jim reports for Reuters. “Taiwan-based Foxconn said the pay of a junior level worker in Shenzhen, southern China, had risen to 1,800 yuan per month and could be further raised above 2,200 yuan if the worker passed a technical examination. It said that pay three years ago was 900 yuan a month.”
Jim reports, “‘As a top manufacturing company in China, the basic salary of junior workers in all of Foxconn’s China factories is already far higher than the minimum wage set by all local governments,’ the statement said. ‘We will provide more training opportunities and learning time, and will continuously enhance technology, efficiency and salary, so as to set a good example for the Chinese manufacturing industry.'”
“In an interview with Reuters on Feb 15, the Washington D.C.-based Fair Labor Association’s president said that conditions at Apple supplier plants in China were far better than those at garment factories or other facilities elsewhere in the country,” Jim reports. “The last time Foxconn Group raised wages was in June 2010, when the pay of its Chinese workers went up by over 30 percent.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Today, they’re hating life even more than usual at FUD, Inc.
We look forward to The New York Times’ front page report.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
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