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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 06:29 PM

Signs of Changes Taking Hold in Electronics Factories in China

Source: New York Times

When Ms. Pu was hired at this Foxconn plant a year earlier, she received a short, green plastic stool that left her unsupported back so sore that she could barely sleep at night. Eventually, she was promoted to a wooden chair, but the backrest was much too small to lean against. The managers of this 164,000-employee factory, she surmised, believed that comfort encouraged sloth.

But in March, unbeknown to Ms. Pu, a critical meeting had occurred between Foxconn’s top executives and a high-ranking Apple official. The companies had committed themselves to a series of wide-ranging reforms. Foxconn, China’s largest private employer, pledged to sharply curtail workers’ hours and significantly increase wages — reforms that, if fully carried out next year as planned, could create a ripple effect that benefits tens of millions of workers across the electronics industry, employment experts say.

Other reforms were more personal. Protective foam sprouted on low stairwell ceilings inside factories. Automatic shut-off devices appeared on whirring machines. Ms. Pu got her chair. This autumn, she even heard that some workers had received cushioned seats.

The changes also extend to California, where Apple is based. Apple, the electronics industry’s behemoth, in the last year has tripled its corporate social responsibility staff, has re-evaluated how it works with manufacturers, has asked competitors to help curb excessive overtime in China and has reached out to advocacy groups it once rebuffed.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/27/business/signs-of-changes-taking-hold-in-electronics-factories-in-china.html



Apple is strong-arming China towards responsibility.

Meanwhile, South Korea is becoming a Corporate Fascist Regime.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:01 PM

1. Directly attributable to Tim Cook

as I don't think Steve Jobs would have cared one way or another.

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Response to adieu (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:39 PM

3. yes what a change

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:24 PM

2. It's nice to see a bit of good news. (nt)

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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:22 PM

4. This is very welcome news. n/t

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