Workers across Foxconn factories in China now have a reason to smile, and rejoice. After a brief spell of grabbing headlines for instances of suicide, abuse at the hands of inhuman policies and rules; the workers at the factory now have an assurance of a pay hike to live by. A New York Times report confirms that the workers, across factories in China will receive a jump in their payscales, by an impressive 16 – 25 percent, i.e taking the payscale to roughly $400 per month, before overtime. Additionally, the company has also announced that it would significantly reduce the stipulated overtime hours assigned to the workers across their factories in China. This bit of news comes post the factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu opened their doors to independent audit by the Fair Labour Organization (FLA), at Apple's behest, after the working conditions across the latter's supplier factories in China came under the scanner.
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A lot seems to have changed across Apple's supplier factories. While on one hand the FLA carried out independent audits across Apple's supplier factories, reports coming in show that the Cupertino-based company has now asked an outside organization to conduct audits. According to reports, Apple has asked an outside organization to carry out audits across its factories, producing the bulk of iPhones, iPads and other Apple products. Apple further confirmed that they would go ahead and make the details of the findings public.
The report further states that, “For years, Apple has resisted calls for independent scrutiny of the suppliers that make its electronics. But for the first time it has begun publicly divulging information that it once considered secret, after criticism that included coordinated protests last week at Apple stores around the world and investigative news reports about punishing conditions inside some factories.“