Apple might be a billion dollar company, but it’s not without its problems. One black eye on Apple as of late has been their Chinese Foxconn plant, which has been the subject of intense scrutiny as of late. There’s been news about worker suicides at the Apple Foxconn plant and poor working conditions–though there’s been no real concrete proof. Until now, that is. A report finally released this week by the Fair Labor Association revealed major issues with the Foxconn plant.
According to the report by Fair Labor Association (FLA), the Foxconn Chinese factories have violated several standards in the country. The first is the FLA code standard of 60 hours per week (that’s regular time plus overtime). FLA says that Foxconn workers often exceeded 60 hours per week of work per worker, mostly during the peak production times (presumably during the iPhone 4S and iPad production periods).
Not only that, but the Apple Foxconn factory also had some workers who worked at the company for more than seven days in a row without the required 24 hours off. That’s a rather major violation as workers typically need at least that much time off to recuperate and perform at their best mentally.
We’ve previously heard that Apple Foxconn workers generally work 10-12 hour days with very small lunch breaks, so to hear the reports of working more than 60 hours per week isn’t that big of a surprise. What is a surprise, though, is the fact that Foxconn workers aren’t getting the proper amount of time off. As most people know, when people are tired they tend to not perform at their best. Perhaps overtired Foxconn workers could be the cause of some of Apple’s recent hardware issues like the Wi-Fi reception problems with the new iPad. That’s just speculation, though.
Foxconn, for their part, seems to be willing to do what it takes to fix things. According to the FLA, Foxconn has agreed to change things by increasin the workforce so that employees don’t have to work as many hours. Additionally, Foxconn will reportedly develop a compensation package that protects the workers from lost income due to reduced overtime.
No word yet on if Foxconn will increase the hourly wage.