After the FLA found wide scale violations at Apple’s main manufacturing plant, Foxconn, both Foxconn and Apple promised to fix the issues by 2013. Issues that were found include the amount of overtime worked, compensation workers receive for their overtime, and numerous health and safety risks. In what looks to be the first of changes, Foxconn and Apple will be raising workers’ wages in July.
The news comes straight from the CEO of Foxconn, Terry Gou. According to a report from the Taipei Times, Gou said in a television interview on Wednesday that the wage increase will begin in July, after the FLA’s current review is completed. However, he did not say by how much the wages will be increased.
Public attention on Foxconn, who manufacturers products for not only Apple but other top companies, isn’t new. There have been television programs and numerous detailed reports trying to depict what goes on behind Foxconn’s doors. To help remedy the situation, Apple hired the Fair Labor Association to perform an audit of Foxconn in January, so issues could be fixed.
Last week, the FLA came back with a list of violations. Foxconn and Apple have promised to change the issues that have been highlighted by 2013. Raising the wages of the roughly 1 million employees at Foxconn seems to be the first step. According to many analysts, the strive by Apple and Foxconn to fix issues will affect workers’ lives substantially and will encourage other technology manufacturers to follow suit with new regulations.