China’s iPad Workers Get Third Raise Since 2010-In Translation: Since The Controversy Started
Foxconn must be hearing the people out. iPad workers in China just got their third raise since 2010 and the speculation is that this is all about the controversy regarding the poor working conditions of the manufacturing factory responsible for Apple devices. But as soon as the controversy started, reports soon turned to other company’s working conditions in their factories and it turns out that other companies have it way worse than Apple’s.
Reuters reported that after passing a skills test, junior workers in Shenzen got an increase of 2,200 yuan ($350) per month. Other junior workers who did not pass the skills test got 1,800 ($286). Just three years ago, the workers got 900 ($142) yuan per month.
Here’s a statement from Foxconn:
“As a top manufacturing company in China, the basic salary of junior workers in all of Foxconn’s China factories is already far higher than the minimum wage set by all local governments. We will provide more training opportunities and learning time, and will continuously enhance technology, efficiency and salary, so as to set a good example for the Chinese manufacturing industry.”
Sounds promising. Hopefully, this is not all talk.
What do you think of this developing issue? Do you think that Apple is criticized wrongfully since research found that other company’s factories are actually worse than Apple’s?