Foxconn, the largest maker of electronics in the world, this morning announced a pay raise of 16 to 25 percent for its Chinese factory workers, the third wage increase since 2010. The announcement comes after human rights protesters last week targeted Apple — which counts Foxconn as a major manufacturer of its popular iPhone and iPad devices — over the unethical factory conditions of its suppliers.Pressure has been mounting for US electronics companies to revisit the relationships they hold with Asian manufacturers such as Foxconn, a Taiwanese technology firm that is estimated to employ over 1,000,000 Chinese workers. Reports, such as a recent expose published by The New York Times, describe severe worker abuse on Foxconn factory floors, including shifts as long as 34 hours, and repeated exposure to dangerous chemicals such as hexane, a neuro-toxin which when inhaled, can cause nausea, headaches, and eventual peripheral nervous system failure. Hexane is used to clean iPhone and iPad screens.According to a statement issued on Friday, “the pay of a junior level worker in Shenzen, southern China, had risen to 1,800 yuan ($290) per month and could be further raised above 2,200 yuan if the worker passed a technical examination,” reports Reuters…. Read full this story
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