Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Mar 2012 21:00 UTC
In the News "Foxconn, which manufactures more than 40 percent of the world's electronics for such companies as Apple, Dell, Amazon and others, has pledged to sharply curtail the number of working hours within its Chinese factories and significantly increase wages, a move that could improve working conditions across China. The shift comes after a far-ranging inspection by the Fair Labor Association, a monitoring group, found widespread problems - including numerous instances where Foxconn violated Chinese law and industry codes of conduct by having employees work more than 60 hours a week, sometimes for 11 or more days in a row."
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RE: Different place
by Fennec_Fox on Fri 30th Mar 2012 13:12 UTC in reply to "Different place"
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And yet there are reports that there are some, and not a few, employees that want MORE hours and more overtime. That doesn't exactly jibe with the idea that those people are oppressed and overworked en masse.

Coming from the "2nd World" country myself I can tell you that the main reason these workers WANT more hours and overtime, is because they are being paid half a peanut a day, and you cannot survive, leave alone have a decent standard of living on this wage.

Way back in the wonderful 90's I have personally known people who have asked their bosses to give them more work hours, despite already working 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. And for one reason only - the hourly wages were nowhere near enough to pay for the shelter and food at the same time.

In short - its a dire need that drives them to ask for more work.. Somewhat like people in industrialized nations are working 2 or 3 jobs just to be able to keep up...

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