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Apple Supplier Foxconn Cuts Working Hours, Workers Ask Why

April 2, 2012 by staff 

Apple Supplier Foxconn Cuts Working Hours, Workers Ask Why, Workers at Apple supplier Foxconn are reportedly worried after it has been announced that their hours will be cut following an audit of its facilities.

Twenty-three-year-old Wu Jun is used to working long overtime hours to earn the bulk of her income. But after Foxconn announced it will cut hours for its employees, she and other employees expressed concern to Reuters that they won’t make enough money to support their families.

Foxconn announced on Thursday that it would reduce employee working hours to 49 per week, including overtime. That change is one of a number made in response to violations found by the Fair Labor Association, which audited Foxconn’s facilities at the request of Apple.

FLA issued its report on Thursday, revealing that it discovered excess working times and various code violations at three Foxconn factories that were investigated. The audit reviewed 3,000 staff hours and more than 35,000 workers.

But with the changes implemented by Foxconn, employees are now concerned that their wages will also be cut. “If we work less overtime, it would mean less money,” said Wu, an employee from China’s Hunan province.

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