For awhile now we’ve heard that the Foxconn plant conditions aren’t all to pleasing with the workers. Apple and Foxconn are well aware of that, and have attempted to lower workers hours and raise pay a few times. But even that doesn’t help improve the conditions of the factory. So both Apple and Foxconn are reportedly going to be tapping into their cash piles to improve those conditions. They aren’t sure how much the costs will be, according to Foxconn Chief Terry Gou, but they want to get this job completed.
“We’ve discovered that this (improving factory conditions) is not a cost. It is a competitive strength,” according to Gou during the Shanghai plant groundbreaking ceremony. He also mentioned Apple would agree also, so that’s why the splitting of costs comes into effect.
Foxconn, who produces a great portion of Apples iPhones and iPads, also manufactures parts for Microsoft,HP, and a few other large tech companies. I find it bizarre that other companies haven’t even attempted to chip in at all through this past year.
So far Apple has contributed to raising wages of workers nearly 25 percent. They also agreed with Foxconn to cut workers hours and hire thousands of new workers to makeup for the loss in hours. We thought this was a well needed move, but workers actually complained about the cut in hours, saying there current pay could barely pay basic essentials.
If there is one positive to the Foxconn factories currently, its that they have the best working conditions while being compared to most other factories in the country. Its great to know they are trying to be more than just the ‘best’.