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Apple-Foxconn: Controversial factory raised wages 16-25% in February

By Rick · 16 replies
Feb 17, 2012
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  1. In its third raise for workers since 2010, Foxconn has decided to increase employee wages by another 16-25%. The company stated that a junior worker could now expect 1,800 Yuan…

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  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,482   +44

    Are better times ahead for outsourced workers? Yes probably but compared to what? They're still being paid a drop in the bucket.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +278

    These people deserve $1000 a month considering how much their energy has been milked by big fat corps :S
  4. Xero07

    Xero07 TS Booster Posts: 100

    3k-4k a year at ridiculous hours, still sad.
  5. screw the chinese, raise wages in the USA
  6. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    oh yes, because that would be so good for the crippled US economy right now.. >_>
  7. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 455   +21

    I get paid $21 an hour to help people pick out the right laptop for them; it must suck to be you…
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    Comparatively they are actually doing pretty well. 1,800-2,000 yuan wage seems like a pittance in the article, but that's equivalent to $30,000-$40,000 a year U.S. (approximately). The problem isn't the money... It's the abuse that tends to go on that's the issue.
  9. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,482   +44

    Yeah but the majority of us work 40 hour weeks in the States. How many do they work?
  10. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    Hence my mention of work place abuse that Foxconn has become infamous for. Officially, China has a 40-hour work week, which is about the mean internationally. So on paper the numbers still look good. The problem isn't the pay, it's how the management in the factories force the workers into OT without proper compensation.
  11. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Posts: 3,073   +97

    @davislane1 where did you get that $30,000-$40,000 per year figure? According to the article they are making between $285 and $350 per month, which is still above the country's minimum wage, but amounts to ~4k per year
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    Purchasing power/cost of living. The actual dollar amount isn't what's important, it's what the money can do inside its home economy that matters. $285-$350 is not a whole lot of income in the United States, but in China it carries significant weight when used for domestic goods, making it the equivalent of a higher wage rate in the U.S.
  13. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,364   +278

    Considering how Apple Products are overpriced, they could at least pull their wage up even more, to around $400-$500 montly. Its not like Apple will go bust or start loosing money because of that >.>
  14. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Booster Posts: 124   +9

    @davislane1: seems right. But what about the quality of certain products of which we know won't last like products that are build with high quality in mind. If they where to buy products made in the U.S. or from Europe they wouldn't be able to with a low income like that unless the products were second-hand. So they would rely only on their home made products. You can't for example compare these two cars in build quality: A honda or ford vs. a Cherry (in China) or GreatWall (in China). And second of all, the money they get is enough to only be used in China itself. That means the money they get from abroad, stays in China, because they can't afford stuff build in Europe and America unless they save up for a period of time =p
  15. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Booster Posts: 163

    Yup. I just checked iPad 2 prices according to an article from May 9, 2011 which stated the Apple iPad 2 16G/WiFi release price of 3,688 Yuan, which means that the low level guys have to work slightly over 2 months to be able to afford one. How about that? I do agree about the domestic goods created solely for the domestic market being affordable, but anything manufactured for abroad is really not that affordable.
  16. Now i want to cry...We work 48+ Hours a week in my country, Colombia ;(...shitty country of mine.
  17. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,875   +1,206

    We dont' know how Apple pays Foxconn. I'd expect there's a contract that says Foxconn will make x number of iPads for x amount of money. If Apple gets some pressure to improve conditions and then in turn pressures Foxconn to do, there's no reason to expect Apple is paying for it.

    The next contract might be different, but I would guess that these raises don't come out of Apple's pocket.

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