Yesterday, Fair Labor Association (FLA) made a public report, made among 35,500 anonymous employees, towards the working conditions as apple’s supplier Foxconn in China. Foxconn has committed to bring its factories into full compliance with Chinese legal limits and FLA standards on working hours by July 2013, according to its remediation plan in FLA’s report.
Foxconn commits to reduce working hours in line with the legal limit of 49 hours per week, including overtime. That is a monthly reduction from 80 to 36 hours. More importantly, a compensation package from Foxconn allegedly said in progress, protecting workers from losing income due to reduced overtime. In order to maintain capacity while reducing workers’ hours, Foxconn committed to increase its workforce significantly as it builds additional housing and canteen capacity. And foxconn is also considering increase its robot numbers from currently 10,000 to 300,000 next year and 1 million in three years
The average age level of foxconn workers is 23 years old and it’s paid 2,536.85 yuan ($403) a month. When asked if they would change working hours and overtime, 72 percent said no. Workers of Foxconn allegedly claims they would rather boost their salaries, bonuses and training before cutting hours or improving conditions, according to an audit of apple’s biggest manufacture. So actually, until the final compensation package comes out, it’s still in choice for workers themselves in salary boosted while doing less work. At the same time, rumors come out that foxconn has received the iphone 5 orders. There’s pretty much work to be done.