Foxconn workers in China hold protest over wages

Foxconn continues to have issues with keeping its workers happy at its Chinese-based factories. Reuters reports that 200 workers at a Foxconn plant in Wuhan, China staged a protest over wages on Friday. Some workers even threatened to jump off a building at the plant, according to the worker activist group Information Centre for Human Rights.

The group added that one of the workers' complaints was that they were making less money at the Wuhan plant than they had in their previous places of employment.

A statement from Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry admits to the protest but claims it involved workers new to that plant. The statement added, "The dispute has already been settled after some negotiations involving the human resources and legal departments as well as the local government."

This new development shows that Foxconn is still struggling with employee issues. In March, a report from the Fair Labor Association claimed it had found a number of worker rights violations at the three Foxconn plants it inspected in China. The factory audits were first arranged with the assistance of Apple. The company has been accused by human rights groups of not doing enough to monitor worker conditions at plants that make Apple's products, such as the iPhone and iPad.

In response to the audits' findings, Foxconn said it was making a number of improvements at its factories, including reducing the number of hours per week for each worker, paying their employees more and increasing their overall workforce, among other changes.

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It was inevitable. And when wages in China are comparable to that in the US, Companies will start to come back to the USA. It all fixes itself guys. =)

Mike Frett said,
It was inevitable. And when wages in China are comparable to that in the US, Companies will start to come back to the USA. It all fixes itself guys. =)

Not really, Steve Jobs himself told Obama that the jobs that've been shipped abroad are never coming back. US or any other country can't compete with China and India in the sphere of labor because its abundantly available and dirt cheap, even if you compare what Foxconn workers earn after wage revision you'll find that to be much lower than what an employee in the US gets paid.

Radster said,

Not really, Steve Jobs himself told Obama that the jobs that've been shipped abroad are never coming back. US or any other country can't compete with China and India in the sphere of labor because its abundantly available and dirt cheap, even if you compare what Foxconn workers earn after wage revision you'll find that to be much lower than what an employee in the US gets paid.

not particularly true. Dirt cheap labor isn't quite as dirt cheap as it used to be and locally made items don't need international shipping. They might be want to switch manufacturing to africa but i doubt that the local work force is educated enough in most places for it.

"Some workers even threatened to jump off a building at the plant, according to the worker activist group Information Centre for Human Rights."

That's like getting robbed at gun point and the rober saying "Give me your wallet or I'm going to kill myself" ... in which you respond.. umm... "Good luck with that!"

Edited by warwagon, Apr 29 2012, 5:58am :

warwagon said,
"Some workers even threatened to jump off a building at the plant, according to the worker activist group Information Centre for Human Rights."

That's like getting robbed at gun point and the rober saying "Give me your wallet or I'm going to kill myself" ... in which you respond.. umm... "Good luck with that!"


wow! You just related employees to robbers.
How'd you feel if you were being paid much less than what you deserve without a right to recourse? Its easy to point and laugh at others when you don't even have a clue about what they're going through.

Radster said,

wow! You just related employees to robbers.
How'd you feel if you were being paid much less than what you deserve without a right to recourse? Its easy to point and laugh at others when you don't even have a clue about what they're going through.

But how would killing myself make them want to pay me?

Funny all the focus is on Apple when it could be at a totally different plant. Could be Microsoft's XBox or another company we've not even heard of.

Unless we know it's an Apple factory it's got nothing to do with them.

ShareShiz said,
Next iPad is probably gonna cost over $1000

If we are going to make retarded statements, lets not be biased eh?

Acer Netbooks are going to cost over $500.
Kindles are going to cost over $700.
Wii's are going to cost over $500.
Samsun, Sony, and Vizio Blu Ray players are going to cost over $500.
Playstation 3's are going to cost over $1000.

Anything else? Seriously, people need to get educated on where their products come from before jumping on the "Wake Up" bandwagon.

Does anybody know who manufactures the Lumia phones? Mine says "Made in Korea" and I've heard of some being made in Mexico.

Enron said,
Does anybody know who manufactures the Lumia phones? Mine says "Made in Korea" and I've heard of some being made in Mexico.

I believe the lumia you guys are getting in the U.S isn't made in china...
I live in southeast asia and my lumia is made in china. Not sure if Foxconn though.

Rosyna said,
What's this story have to do with Apple?

Foxconn is the manufacturer of all Apple hardware - one of the reasons I don't buy Apple products. Foxconn has one of the highest employee suicide rates in the world.

DrKrepz said,

Foxconn is the manufacturer of all Apple hardware - one of the reasons I don't buy Apple products. Foxconn has one of the highest employee suicide rates in the world.


You do realise Foxconn produces more than just Apple products? I'm willing to bet you have someone manufactured by Foxconn.

*Note* I am not an Apple fanboy before anyone jumps the gun.

Rosyna said,
What's this story have to do with Apple?

Apple has been doing the most to look into the working conditions that Foxconn has since that company produces all of the parts for the iPhones and other iDevices.

DrKrepz said,

Foxconn is the manufacturer of all Apple hardware - one of the reasons I don't buy Apple products. Foxconn has one of the highest employee suicide rates in the world.

99.9% chance you have at least 2 pieces of hardware that where made at foxconn, they make everything... all the way down to OEM parts like connectors... they fab boards for companies, heck Dell and HP systems have foxconn assembled motherboards most laptops boards come from them.... lots of LCD controller boards do... list goes on and on

It was just a matter of time before employees in china ask for more.

Not a problem companies will just move to another emerging country and continue to ask 100$ for something costing 10$ to produce.