Foxconn to allow staff union elections

Chinese manufacturing firm Foxconn, best known for making Apple's popular iPhone and iPad ranges, has announced plans to allow staff to elect union representatives, the latest in a series of changes at the company aimed at improving working conditions and the firm's ailing reputation.

Chinese manufacturing firm Foxconn, best known for making Apple's popular iPhone and iPad ranges, has announced plans to allow staff to elect union representatives, the latest in a series of changes at the company aimed at improving working conditions and the firm's ailing reputation.

 
The company, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, will allow the election of a chairman and 20 members of its Federation of Labour Unions Committee every five years, addressing a key concern of the Fair Labour Association and complaints from workers that they are not being properly represented.
 
The move comes as Apple continues to pressure the firm, which provides cheap manufacturing of its lucrative high-end products, to make improvements to how it treats staff. The company has already made some changes, including reducing the maximum working hours and increasing pay. 
 
 Foxconn to allow staff union elections
 
It has reputedly made 280 of the 360 changes asked for by the Fair Labour Association, which is a major step in the right direction, but it clearly still has a long way to go.
 
Foxconn entered the media spotlight a few years back when a number of employees committed suicide, which immediately highlighted the poor conditions and excessive working days staff are subjected to. With a whopping 1.2 million workers at the company, proper union representation is a significant advance, and may help spur further changes.
 
Source: The Telegraph