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Apple Supplier Foxconn Will Reduce Working Hours
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Andrew Hornback
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4/1/2012 | 2:08:05 AM
re: Apple Supplier Foxconn Will Reduce Working Hours
Well, Apple fans, the cost of your shiny new Apple products just went up. That's how you can read this story.

What's surprising to me is that workers under Chinese law can only work 49 hours a week. Having held positions in the past where clocking 70+ hours a week (without overtime) was just part of getting the job done, 49 hours would have felt like I was on vacation.

And perhaps FoxConn hasn't been dealing appropriately with their employees given how they compute compensation for overtime (i.e. working 29 minutes over and not getting paid for it), but as the story says, only 14% of the workforce was affected.

Basically, it's going to come down to whether, in the end, the consumer wants "lower cost" electronics from Apple whether they want the workers that produce those electronics to be treated and compensated "fairly" according to the Fair Labor Association. Only time will tell, but certainly expect to see the cost of Apple products to increase because of this change in how FoxConn does business - either due to increased costs for production or due to a "shortage" of the devices. Of course, this could also give Apple reason to create a "manufactured shortage" in order to drive prices up and claim it's due to demand.

Either way, the consumer/end user should expect to feel the repercussions of these actions.

Andrew Hornback
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ANON1252035144238
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ANON1252035144238,
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3/31/2012 | 9:28:06 AM
re: Apple Supplier Foxconn Will Reduce Working Hours
@dzak1000

To your high horse view they may be slaves but the workers at Foxconn are earning decent wages according to the standard in China and they are not slaves, they can resign at any moment and they are very happy to put on the table to feed their families with the wages they earned. Thousands are queuing up for work at the Foxconn factories just in case you don't know.

As one said they are there to work and not to play.

If you are not that greedy as to demand ess work for more pay, the jobs might have stayed back in the US. The incessant demands by righteous groups to demand legislation for working conditions drove many weary companies to subcontract their manufacturing to the east.

Too bad these low paying jobs according to your standard is not coming back. You had lost your way so be contented with all the whining.

One more thing there is nothing like warm food in the tummy which these workers and their families are enjoying now.
Bprince
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3/30/2012 | 11:49:21 PM
re: Apple Supplier Foxconn Will Reduce Working Hours
@readers: Is Apple doing enough to ensure workers rights are respected abroad?
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator
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3/30/2012 | 8:46:04 PM
re: Apple Supplier Foxconn Will Reduce Working Hours
Seems as though the workers do not concider this slave labor nor do they like this idea.

http://www.appleinsider.com/ar...
EJAMES000
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3/30/2012 | 8:45:45 PM
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I'm happy that Apple is looking into the factory conditions, but I wonder if this investigation was scheduled prior to Mr. Daisey's mishap. At first I thought he was hurting the cause but perhaps the attention helped?...http://www.koroberi.com/2012/journali...
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3/30/2012 | 8:09:11 PM
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I guess now that slave labor has been abolished in the USA the USA corporations are attempting to use slave labor practices in other countries!
Perhaps the billions of dollars in profits and million dollar salaries are not enough for the greedy corporate executives.
Sending the USA jobs to foreign countries for unsafe working conditions, excessive hours, and anit-labor laws are making our corporate executives like the the 1800s slave masters.


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