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Report claims illegal overtime on Apple’s China assembly lines

March 30, 2012

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— The Chinese workers who often spend more than 60 hours per week assembling iPhones and iPads will have their overtime curbed and their hourly wages raised after a labor auditor hired by Apple Inc. inspected their factories.

The Washington-based Fair Labor Association says Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese company that runs the factories, is committing to reducing weekly work time to the legal Chinese maximum of 49 hours.

That limit is routinely ignored in factories throughout China. Auret van Heerden, the CEO of the FLA, said Hon Hai is the first company to commit to following the legal standard.

Apple’s and FLA’s own guidelines call for work weeks of 60 hours or less.

The FLA found that many workers at the Hon Hai factories want to work even more overtime, so they can make more money. Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, told the FLA that it will raise hourly salaries to compensate workers for the reduced hours.

Heerden said that it’s common to find workers in developing countries looking for more overtime, rather than less.

“They’re often single, they’re young, and there’s not much to do, so frankly they’d just rather work and save,” he said.

The FLA auditors visited three Foxconn complexes in February and March: Guanlan and Longhua near the coastal manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, and Chengdu in the inland province of Sichuan. They employ a total of 178,000 workers, with an average age of 23.

Average monthly salaries at the factories ranged from $360 to $455. Foxconn recently raised salaries by up to 25 percent in the second major salary hike in less than two years.

Foxconn employs 1.2 million workers in China to assemble products not just for Apple, but for Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and other pillars of the U.S. technology industry.

Foxconn’s move to lift wages is likely to have an impact across the industry. Given Apple’s unusually high margins, it’s able to absorb higher manufacturing costs. But other electronics companies, particularly PC makers, have very slim margins, and may need to look elsewhere to have their products assembled.

Comments

FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 10 months ago

Liberatines like Jobs and "their" slave camps. heh heh Reminds me when "Liberaltines" enslaved Black Africans back in the 17 & 1800's.

The "vaunted" Apple also pays about 20% in taxes. Exxon Mobil pays 41%. But, The Flexible Obama, "that" said, had he had a son he would have looked like Trayvon, Lies about "subsidies" given Big Oil. Which is not a "subsidy". Do any of you get money from the IRS for your mortgage interest? Neither does Big Oil.

But...Flex's Solyndra "Cronies"got a half billion then went bankrupt and left town.

tomatogrower 2 years, 10 months ago

Wow, is FHNC really standing up for workers? Nah, it's just class envy. He doesn't have any fantasy investments in Apple, just oil. His other fantasy investment buddies are beating him.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Bring those jobs to the USA! Time to rebuild the USA economy.

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