Chinese Trade Union Not Happy Over Overworking Of Employees At Foxconn
The Taiwanese manufacturing giant, Foxconn Technology Group, is alleged again for overworking its staff, according to the All China Federation of Trade Unions, a Chinese trade union. Foxconn is a key supplier of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and also manufactures products for Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and others. The company employs over one million workers in mainland China.
Foxconn is setting a bad example by continually violating local laws on overtime hours, told a Chinese trade union during a recent news conference. The trade union is exploring possibilities to correct the problems, but some areas are still focused on development, even at the cost of treating workers fairly.
Guo Jun, an official with the trade union, said that working hours at Foxconn are so long that workers suffer from depression and other mental conditions, which could lead to death by exhaustion or suicide.
Since 2010 Foxconn has faced criticism following reports of a series of employee suicides. The company has also worked to improve conditions and address the problem by raising wages and enacting strict regulations requiring one day week-off for all employees. In addition, Foxconn is also relieving worker of dull and repetitive duties by deploying more automation in the manufacturing processes.
The company has also worked with the U.S.-based Fair Labor Association to scrutiny any labor violations as part of its commitment to improve factory conditions. Despite numerous measures, Foxconn still struggles with long overtime hours and is failing to meet employee’s work week of less than 49 hours as required by the Chinese law.
The China’s official trade union isn’t satisfied with the progress with Guo warning violations to continue if the offending companies go unpunished.
Foxconn noted in its statement that numerous government officials and experts have investigated the company premises and worked to resolve the problems. It also acknowledged that the company is still far from perfect but it has been making the effort. The statement also mentioned that Guo Jun has never visited any of the Foxconn campuses.
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