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Foxconn Workers Express Concern Over Reduced Overtime


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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

In the wake of yesterday's announcement from the Fair Labor Association that it had reached an agreement with Foxconn to reduce the maximum number of working hours for its employees at its Apple production facilities, Reuters reports that Foxconn workers are concerned about the move's impact on their salaries. The concerns come despite assurances that Foxconn will augment its compensation packages to offset the loss of working hours.
"We are here to work and not to play, so our income is very important," said Chen Yamei, 25, a Foxconn worker from Hunan who said she had worked at the factory for four years.

"We have just been told that we can only work a maximum of 36 hours a month of overtime. I tell you, a lot of us are unhappy with this. We think that 60 hours of overtime a month would be reasonable and that 36 hours would be too little," she added. Chen said she now earned a bit over 4,000 yuan a month ($634).

Even as many outside observers have criticized Foxconn's working hours over the past several years amid increasing publicity, others have noted that rather than excessive overtime being required by the company, many workers are requesting as much overtime as they can get. For many workers who have moved far from their homes to work at Foxconn, their goal is to earn as much money as possible as quickly as possible so that they can return home.

Aside from issues of working hours and compensation, the Fair Labor Association's audits of three Foxconn facilities where Apple products are assembled uncovered a number of other issues, including those related to health and safety and worker representation. The organization notes that in each case Foxconn either addressed issues on the spot or has agreed to make changes in its policies that will improve working conditions. The Fair Labor Association will continue to monitor Foxconn's facilities and issue periodic reports on its findings.

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macrumors 6502a
Jun 25, 2008
Tell them to relax. Now they'll be able to spend more time each month playing with their iPad and LG television.


macrumors G3
Nov 26, 2007
People who actually have dignity and want to work rather than receive handouts?

Why do I still live in the US?


macrumors regular
Apr 28, 2010
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They can all blame the almighty righteous Americans.. Chinese standards doesn't live up to their standards.


macrumors 604
Feb 7, 2002
Good job western society. We think we know what's best for these people and now you are taking hours away from them, which is money out of their pocket. If they want to work, let em work.


macrumors 65816
Oct 19, 2003
Don't worry, Mike Daisy knows better than you, silly factory workers -- you shouldn't be working so many hours.

As long as some protestors feel better about themselves, that's all that matters.


macrumors 65816
Apr 30, 2008
"We are here to work and not to play, so our income is very important"

That right there is why these are being made there and not here.

We should get out of their business and let them work.


macrumors newbie
Jan 21, 2012
I guess people have no idea how much it takes to leave the place where you grow in the hope of earning more money in the city to make life better for my family....

We willingly MAKE the sacrifice to earn more money and along comes the Americans to break the whole point of going to the city to work.. *clap*clap* ...

Stop trying to run the world and respect Asian values...


macrumors 601
Apr 18, 2011
Foxconn employees complain when a step is taken to make their working life less slave like.

If you need overtime to survive you have the wrong job or are living above your means.


macrumors 6502
Nov 2, 2011
I am so happy to see all the comments agreeing with my views that we should stop screwing with the business practices in China etc. I was going to make a comment to this effect on yesterday's announcements but I canceled it because I figured it would just get downvoted in to oblivion


macrumors 68020
Apr 15, 2004
Washington DC
And people wonder why child prostitution is so high in developing countries that bar child labor.

First world countries come in and try to impose values that work for them thinking it will work in a country that's barely able to survive on its own (While at the same time forgetting how long it took their developed country to become developed).

Meanwhile the families are starving because they lose the income their son/daughter brought. Guess where he or she gets put to work?


macrumors 65816
Jun 29, 2007
1srt World Country people does not understand 3rd World Country people. People need to eat first, rest later, sad but true.

I do hope too that the world be a better place, but Apple is indeed helping China, it is not exploiting. Now poor people are more poor, are you happy now?

I agree that people need better human conditions, but the problem is hard to solve. I hope this agreement mean that more people will live better, not the other way around.


macrumors 6502
Feb 18, 2005
Kansas City, MO
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the8thark said:
Foxconn employees complain when a step is taken to make their working life less slave like.

If you need overtime to survive you have the wrong job or are living above your means.

I hope this is sarcastic.


macrumors 68030
Oct 23, 2003
Brunswick, MD
"Apple is arguably the most corrupt company in the world." You really believe that? (More likely, you just like to start arguments in forums....)

Without more than a moment of thought, I can name one company FAR more corrupt than Apple that's right here in my own city: Monsanto

No matter what the labor association says, Apple will find a way through it. They know they are risking profit with the lack of iPads for the iSheep. Apple is arguably the most corrupt company in the world, they will find a way to help out the iSheep. Your move, Apple and fanboys.
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