Investigation into Apple supplier Foxconn confirms abusive labour conditions
GoodElectronics and makeITfair statement
03 April 2012
- In the first place, Apple, as an important buyer, should amend its purchasing practices and fix unit prices and production deadlines that do not undermine agreements on pay and working hours.
- FLA fails to report any major findings on one of the most notorious problems at Foxconn, the harsh, psychologically abusive management methods. While aspects of the FLA report do suggest that these issues are very real, and it has long been assumed that these abusive practices are a causal factor in the rash of suicides at Foxconn in 2010 and 2011, there is no comprehensive remediation plan to address these issues.
- FLA acknowledges some violations in the use of student workers but fails to propose effective action take action on the practice that student interns are made to work normal production hours and risk punishment when they refuse an internship.
- The FLA announces that Foxconn has agreed to develop a compensation package that protects workers from losing income due to reduced overtime. As 64% of the workers interviewed also indicate that their wage does not meet their basic needs there is an immediate need to raise the wages to a living wage level.
- While FLA proposes that Foxconn reduces the overtime to legal limits within 15 months, Foxconn should end the illegal overtime practices as soon as possible.
- The FLA report recognises that the trade union in place is not representative and consists mainly of management and announces that Foxconn has agreed to ensure elections of workers representatives without management interference. While addressing the need for the existing collective bargaining agreement to be known by all workers, the FLA report fails to address the need for workers to negotiate a new collective agreement that covers all aspects including wages, hours, health and safety. A mechanism of collective bargaining should be put in place that enables workers to negotiate with management on appropriate wage levels.
- Union representatives should be allowed to access training and capacity building that is independent of management to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate on behalf of the workers they represent.
- FLA should start involving local labour groups and relevant international stakeholders in its on-going monitoring efforts to verify compliance to the remediation plans at Foxconn, as well as at other Apple suppliers.
| Irene Schipper |
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