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The Fair Labor Association says it has found "serious and pressing non-compliances" at Foxconn's...

The Fair Labor Association says it has found "serious and pressing non-compliances" at Foxconn's Chinese facilities, with the biggest issue being forced overtime. The average worker was found to be working 60 hours/week (legal limit is 49), and 14% were found not to have received entitled compensation. Foxconn vows it will comply with Chinese law and the FLA's standards. The FLA was sent at Apple's (AAPL -1.3%) request. (previously)
Comments (20)
  • good for finding this but what about the other 99% in china?
    29 Mar 2012, 04:24 PM Reply Like
  • it might also be helpful to study how lives have been positively changed in China due to job opportunities created by Apple.
    29 Mar 2012, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • I would rather work overtime in a factory than out in the fields.
    29 Mar 2012, 04:46 PM Reply Like
  • Yes,let's tell all Americans;if they accept a reduction of the minimum wage to $1 per hour and 80+hours of work per week, jobs would come back. Our Galtian Overlords would be happy to hear that.
    29 Mar 2012, 10:42 PM Reply Like
  • Hey, why stop at $1/h...how about $0.01/day?
    29 Mar 2012, 10:52 PM Reply Like
  • If it is so miserable why do people continue to show up at the factory doors? What you fail to realize is that these people choose (maybe not necessarily desire) to labor at the premises. If someone left, there would be another to take his place. Same as it is in America.
    30 Mar 2012, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • People worked in cotton farms before because they have to....they didn't have food, shelter... nothing. So they worked for free to have at least that.

     

    Paying $1 per hour, not giving them benefits, putting them through long hours is just disgusting. Meanwhile the executives receive a compensation that equals 6,000 times the pay of a worker. Their greed is insatiable, disgusting and immoral.
    30 Mar 2012, 09:21 AM Reply Like
  • see gensearch's comment below
    30 Mar 2012, 09:30 AM Reply Like
  • Yes, let's mettle with every developing economy and force 'Murrican cultural mores onto all peoples and see how much they thank us for it.

     

    There are two sides to every coin. What if you went to work for a German auto manufacturer in the USA and enjoyed the pay that your 40hr/week job gave you, but German labor practices deemed that as unfair and they cut your hours to 25/week. Wouldn't you be pissed because you thought you could earn based on 40 hours?

     

    Certainly there are extremes to every path and people should not be duped or coerced into working but it seems like the biggest part of this story is that they're working too many hours.
    30 Mar 2012, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • On balance this is a favorable response for Apple. They are taking a leading position in straightening out any labor problems in China, no easy task considering the barriers established by an entrenched infrastructure and secretive government quite content with letting well enough alone.

     

    But Apple will not stand for this now that the facts have been revealed. An interesting note, one of the key complaints by the commission was overtime work. Yet, the majority of polled workers very much desire overtime and would object if they lose this opportunity. Remember that classic line from the film: "In Chinatown nothing is as it appears to be." I guess it is another case of this, and a great company, Apple, will have to decipher just what is going on for the best interest of those young people who are benefiting greatly from a regular wage in an otherwise rather poor country, and who indirectly are workers in behalf of Apple Inc.

     

    Big J in L.A. (all the more long and strong)
    29 Mar 2012, 05:12 PM Reply Like
  • isn't it nice to see individual zeal for work and private industry creating the opportunity - thats the way its supposed to work
    hope the Chinese and US gov s take note
    29 Mar 2012, 05:16 PM Reply Like
  • Were you referring to the opportunity of working and not getting paid or was it the working over the legal limit of 60 hours a week that you found inspiring?

     

    I know Ron Paul has suggested that business could hire more workers if we got rid of that silly minimum wage law. Though given the state of profit margins today and unemployment I firmly believe that the only impact of eliminating the minimum wage would be to increase gross margins.

     

    That would be great for you and me. I'm not sure how it would work for all the people that got wage cuts.
    29 Mar 2012, 06:54 PM Reply Like
  • No need to wait, montanamark. I'm sure you too can find somewhere to work 60 hours a week without pay.
    29 Mar 2012, 09:50 PM Reply Like
  • You can find the same type of working conditions in this country!
    Ever see a New York sweatshop! “They do exist”
    29 Mar 2012, 07:26 PM Reply Like
  • I work two jobs and 60 hours per week many weeks. Not working in the fields mind you.... but knowing the economy many would volunteer for extra work/money. Maybe mandatory but not forced....
    29 Mar 2012, 09:41 PM Reply Like
  • Emburns worked 60 hours in sweatshop...lol
    29 Mar 2012, 10:02 PM Reply Like
  • What particularly annoys me about the media is they don't report this from the initial findings.

     

    "Working conditions at Foxconn are far better than those in other factories elsewhere in China, according to the initial findings of the Fair Labor Association. Reuters reports that the group is beginning its study—announced Monday—of Apple’s top eight suppliers in China, following several recent reports which painted the conditions at the plants in a negative light, as well as a number of documented worker suicides. Auret van Heerden, president of the FLA, spent the past several days visiting Foxconn plants in preparation for the study.

     

    “The facilities are first-class; the physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm”, said van Heerden. “I was very surprised when I walked onto the floor at Foxconn, how tranquil it is compared with a garment factory. So the problems are not the intensity and burnout and pressure-cooker environment you have in a garment factory. . It’s more a function of monotony, of boredom, of alienation perhaps.” He went on to say that suicides have been a problem at Chinese factories since the 1990s. “You have lot of young people, coming from rural areas, away from families for the first time”, he said. “They’re taken from a rural into an industrial lifestyle, often quite an intense one, and that’s quite a shock to these young workers. And we find that they often need some kind of emotional support, and they can’t get it. Factories initially didn’t realize those workers needed emotional support.” "
    http://bit.ly/HqDsQb
    30 Mar 2012, 08:39 AM Reply Like
  • Of course not - nor will it probably ever be reported. Bad news sells. It's a clear agenda push.
    30 Mar 2012, 08:51 AM Reply Like
  • The situation is the same everywhere there are factories in China. You want a job better than agriculture, you do what the factory boss says. Read Poorly Made in China. It says the factory owner is like a feudal overlord in modern attire and not only controls the workers but also the importer of its products. Also, no unions, contracts are mere pieces of paper used to get business and changes to contract details are routinely made to increase profits by cutting quality without the buyer's knowledge.

     

    Places that operate like that do not highly regard worker satisfaction, anywhere in the world.
    30 Mar 2012, 09:55 AM Reply Like
  • Who says “Ours” is the only right way? Everyone & Everyplace is not created equal.
    I am not defending abuse or maltreatment of anyone in any land, but who made us judge, and jury!

     

    We may like it our way, but how many of us have suffered, went hungry for a week, or had no one to turn to for help? People in other lands flock for any type of employment and shelter they can obtain. Have any of you been to Bombay and seen the street people? They have –zero, there is little too nowhere to turn for help, they would work, but are mostly shunned by society.

     

    The same happens all over Asia, not just China! China has improved dramatically over the last 20 years, no pats on the back for them, because it is China.
    Is “Ours” the only right way in North Philly, East St Louis, or the alleys of New York City?

     

    Perhaps we should clean our own homes before infecting our neighbors with “Our-right-way”!
    1 Apr 2012, 10:55 AM Reply Like
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