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#1 (Spork)

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 18:38

http://www.theverge....overtime-limits


Foxconn might have been forced to make some changes as its labor conditions were put under the spotlight by the media, but one group seems less than happy with thelimitations put upon working hours: the workers themselves. In interviews with Reuters, employees have expressed concern that the new 36-hour per month limit will negatively affect their pay packet. One worker, 25-year-old Chen Yamei, said that "we are here to work and not to play, so our income is very important," and that a figure closer to 60 hours would be more reasonable.

"WE ARE HERE TO WORK AND NOT TO PLAY, SO OUR INCOME IS VERY IMPORTANT."

While the rights of workers in China might be a hot topic right now, the employees' comments put a slightly different slant on the subject — the safety of workers should be paramount, but is it right to look at employment conditions without considering the work ethic of the people? Whether the employees' concerns are warranted or not remains to be seen, but Foxconn has said that it will provide compensation that will protect workers' incomes — with the record profits it announced earlier this week, it's clear that the company can afford it.


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Posted 30 March 2012 - 18:42

http://www.theverge....overtime-limits


Foxconn might have been forced to make some changes as its labor conditions were put under the spotlight by the media, but one group seems less than happy with thelimitations put upon working hours: the workers themselves. In interviews with Reuters, employees have expressed concern that the new 36-hour per month limit will negatively affect their pay packet. One worker, 25-year-old Chen Yamei, said that "we are here to work and not to play, so our income is very important," and that a figure closer to 60 hours would be more reasonable.

"WE ARE HERE TO WORK AND NOT TO PLAY, SO OUR INCOME IS VERY IMPORTANT."

While the rights of workers in China might be a hot topic right now, the employees' comments put a slightly different slant on the subject — the safety of workers should be paramount, but is it right to look at employment conditions without considering the work ethic of the people? Whether the employees' concerns are warranted or not remains to be seen, but Foxconn has said that it will provide compensation that will protect workers' incomes — with the record profits it announced earlier this week, it's clear that the company can afford it.


hmm I work 60 hours or so a week when I am not in school.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 18:45

hmm I work 60 hours or so a week when I am not in school.


some were doing upto 70hrs overtime on top of that and often not being paid for the overtime.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 18:48

We are here to get exploited like mad and not to be treated as humans!

#5 Amarok

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 18:59

Some people LIKE to work. And some people HAVE TO work long hours to survive.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 19:16

Some people LIKE to work. And some people HAVE TO work long hours to survive.


I don't think they would work 70 hour weeks, unless they hadn't a choice. So that first statement is inaccurate.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 19:59

The right thing to do would be to increase their wages to compensate for the loss of overtime.

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 16:09

Many of our employees want overtime because that is how they make their money. No surprise here. So much for all the do-gooders.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:55

^ The do-gooders only ever really care about preening their own ego's. They don't TRULY give a **** about the guy they're "helping", who now has to say "Great, Thanks for the help. Now how am I going to feed my family?"

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 17:38

^ The do-gooders only ever really care about preening their own ego's. They don't TRULY give a **** about the guy they're "helping", who now has to say "Great, Thanks for the help. Now how am I going to feed my family?"


That's the problem of their society. Considering how much money Foxconn makes from Apple and others they can increase the wages and have the same effect as having those employees work insane hours at 30 cents an hour or whatever.

But no, Foxconn was slaving out their employees and pushing them to get them working insane hours for peanuts and now when they are forced to not do that, they still keep the same insane wages but lowered the hours.

And I don't really get what these workers want. First they were killing themselves and now when the whole world raised the issue of them being treated like slaves they now want to go back doing stuff as they did.

#11 FloatingFatMan

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 17:41

What they want is FAIR pay for FAIR hours, like we have. You don't fix such problems by forcing your own societal values on foreign companies; you have to fix the society itself.

#12 M_Lyons10

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 17:44

Many of our employees want overtime because that is how they make their money. No surprise here. So much for all the do-gooders.


Same here. Some people take all the overtime they can get. And to be honest, who came up with this 36 hour per month figure? Seems rather silly to me...

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 17:45

What they want is FAIR pay for FAIR hours, like we have. You don't fix such problems by forcing your own societal values on foreign companies; you have to fix the society itself.


+1 to that.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 17:47

What they want is FAIR pay for FAIR hours, like we have. You don't fix such problems by forcing your own societal values on foreign companies; you have to fix the society itself.


There's no reason why you can't target key companies like Foxconn and force change that way. Once the workers at Foxconn are paid properly and won other protections then other workers will demand the same rights. We should be supporting that, not moaning that a Macbook is going to cost more.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 17:54

Same here. Some people take all the overtime they can get. And to be honest, who came up with this 36 hour per month figure? Seems rather silly to me...

guessing misprint... week-> month