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Foxconn raises base wages, reduces overtime hours (3)

By Huang Yuli (China Daily)

09:21, February 23, 2012

Zhang Shunnan, 21, who works in Foxconn's factory in Longhua county, the company's headquarters, said he has heard "rumors of raises". He considers the job he has had for two years to be "good". His basic wage is 2,000 yuan a month, but he gets more than 3,000 yuan through overtime.

A worker in Foxconn's iPad assembly group at the Longhua factory who gave his name as Huang told China Daily he came from Hubei province and was among workers recently interviewed by the Fair Labor Association.

"Each worker is given an iPad to do the interview; there are questions on it about whether you're satisfied with this or that," he said.

Huang described his work as "satisfactory" and that "it's better managed than at other factories, and the pay is higher". He had worked at Foxconn for about three years. He had left after a year to attend to family matters in his hometown and has been back for two years.

Huang's base pay is 2,390 yuan a month, but he said he normally gets more than 3,000 yuan. "In the busiest times, I earned more than 5,000 yuan, working 80 or 90 extra hours a month."

Auret van Heerden, president of the Fair Labor Association, told China Daily on Feb 16 that although the workers speak frankly about pay, food and their relationships with supervisors, they are not with regard to work hours.

"Very often, they won't tell you the hours they work; they're trying to earn extra money," he said.

Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, a nonprofit organization in Hong Kong, said in a statement on Tuesday that even with the raise, Foxconn workers on the mainland still have meager salaries.

"Currently, inflation is high in China, and Foxconn's wage increase is just an adaption to the pay raise trend in China's electronic industry," the statement said.

It also said that a company as profitable as Apple should take responsibility to improve workers' pay and quality of life, and that the Fair Labor Association will not force its members to raise wages, so customers should keep putting pressure on Apple.

"For each iPhone sold, Apple gets 60 percent of the profit, while most of its suppliers gets only 1 percent, it will definitely leads to factory's exploitation on workers. Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior believes Apple shall give adequate resources and profit to its suppliers including Foxconn," said Cheng Yiyi, project officer of the organization.

Chen Hong, Qiu Quanlin contributed to this story.

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