Sunday, April 1, 2012

Scathing FLA Report on Foxconn

If you have read my blog posting on February 18, 2012 under the title “Apple Calls in FLA” you will know that it was a matter of time before this monitoring group despatched inspectors and they did – investigating three of Foxconn's thirteen Chinese factories and surveying more than 35,000 of the company’s 1.3 million workers. On Wednesday, a report of their findings revealed many violations of China's labour laws, employees who were working more than 11 days in a row without a break and widespread safety hazards inside the factories. And even more alarming, around 43 percent of employees said they had seen or been involved in factory accidents and nearly two thirds said they were unable to live off of their salaries.

The scathing report described workers as "largely alienated" from the management and that, while wages were in general above the Chinese average, more than one in 10 was not being paid fairly for the amount of overtime they were working.

“There’s this lingering sense among workers that they’re in a dangerous place,” Auret van Heerden, president and chief executive of the FLA told the New York Times.

In a pre-emptive move, Foxconn, on the same day, announced that it would cut workers hours to a maximum of 49 a week without cutting their pay – effectively promising a significant pay rise. So now we know that Apple has been whitewashing Foxconn’s labor issues all this while!

Today, Foxconn Technology Group’s chairperson Terry Gou pledges to keep raising pay and cutting work hours. We shall see…

Celtic are one point away from being crowned SPL champions after second-half goals saw them beat St Johnstone 2-0. After a goalless first half, Georgios Samaras settled the home crowd down when heading powerfully past Alan Mannus in the 66th minute. And Samaras was involved in Celtic's second four minutes later: his cross from the right was attacked by Chris Millar, but the midfielder's attempted clearance got the better of Mannus and flew into his own net.

In the meeting between Liverpool and Newcastle, the former again lost the plot and the game. The Reds lost by a two goal margin. The EPL season is in tatters insofar as they are concerned

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