Foxconn says to boost China worker participation in union
Taiwan's Foxconn, which employs more than 1 million people, mostly in China at huge factory complexes, hit the headlines in mid-2010 following a spate of worker suicides and widespread allegations of poor conditions, long hours and low wages.
Apple, Foxconn’s main client, asked the US-based Fair Labor Association (FLA) to review Foxconn's operations last year following the troubles at its plants and criticism of Apple itself for having its high-priced gadgets made in low-wage Foxconn plants.
Foxconn said on Monday it was increasing the number of junior employee representatives in committees within the union representing its workers. It said all its sites had been holding elections to increase the number of such positions, and the management was not involved in the election process.
“As a part of efforts to implement the Action Plan that was developed together with the Fair Labor Association, Foxconn is introducing measures to enhance employee representation in the Foxconn Labor Union and to raise employees' awareness of the organisation,” it said in a statement.
Foxconn's plan follows recommendations in the FLA report. It has already implemented other recommendations and has increased wages and improved amenities at its sites.
Foxconn is the trading name of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Labour analysts say that while latest plans show willingness of
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