Foxconn to miss Apple overtime deadline

“Efforts to improve working conditions at Apple’s main manufacturer in China, Foxconn, have made significant progress but the company will need more time to reduce overtime,” Sky News reports.

“The Fair Labour Association (FLA) said Foxconn, which employs one million staff in China, had resolved 98% of the issues raised in its intial investigation, including cutting working hours, improving health and safety and increasing union participation,” Sky News reports. “But Foxconn had told the group it needed more time to hit a July 1 deadline to meet standards on overtime set by Chinese law, which stipulates a maximum of 40 working hours plus nine overtime hours a week.”

Sky News reports, “Many Foxconn workers, migrants from other parts of China, oppose a reduction in overtime because they want to make as much money as possible in a short time. Some workers have said they may leave the company if overtime is cut.”

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5 Comments

  1. So long as overtime is voluntary and appropriately compensated, I don’t see what the problem is.

    Perhaps I’m being a little naive, there’s usually three sides to every story.

  2. So long as the workers are not offered a better life at any other company in their communist nation, they will continue to be abused, little better than 19th century “servants” in the USA.

    True international ENFORCED labor standards are long overdue. If the US congress wasn’t completely owned by multinational corporations that prey on cheap labor, perhaps it would follow through with some international leadership on this issue instead of acting in complete hypocrisy to the blatantly evangelical “and god bless America” that ends all their trite little speeches.

  3. the problem is that they take tons of order not only from apple but also other companies. they need to hire more workers to be reach demand. but they don’t seem to do because economy still doesn’t help well yet. as this result, finished product quality seems bit lower than before. people get problem with their buying. by the way if apple truly decided to build manufacture in american soil, they should take action as faster as possible if they want to get out of high demand with less productivity. of course they should pay all legit tax for US fed. Foxconn seems to reach full capacity already.

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