Apple and Foxconn continue break hours per week limit, employees still overworked
Due to worldwide criticisms over poor working conditions for its factory workers over the years, Foxconn has promised that it will do its part to ensure that its laborers will be compensated and treated fairly. Although the Fair Labor Association (FLA) has confirmed that Foxconn has complied with the majority of the agreed upon changes, a recent audit has found that Foxconn employees are still underserved in some major areas—such as the working-hour limit.
Apple, one of Foxconn’s major clients, made it clear in the past that it intends to push for better working conditions for factory laborers. One of the promises being that the employees working on Apple-related products will be limited to 60 hours per week, with no more than 36 hours of overtime per month. China’s labor law, however, permits workers to work just 40 hours per week, with no more than 36 hours of overtime per month.
Despite such promises by both Apple and Foxconn, some recent audits of three Foxconn factories have indicated that employees are still working beyond the allotted limit. In two of the facilities, reviewers found that workers worked between 40-60 hours every week, and in one of the factories workers were laboring for 40-70 hours per week.
On a bit of a brighter note, it seems like Foxconn has complied with 98.3 percent of the 360 action items that were agreed upon between itself, Apple, and the FLA. Also, the amount of worker representatives in the main union committees was bumped up from about 20 percent to 40 percent during the recent audit.