Foxconn plans labour union elections in China factories
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Foxconn plans labour union elections in China factories

Last Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013, 12:23
 
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Foxconn plans labour union elections in China factories
Washington: Foxconn, tech giant Apple’s main manufacturing plant in China, is preparing to conduct labour union elections in its factories for the first time, a report has said.

This would be the first such exercise at a large company in China, where labour unions have traditionally been controlled by management and local government.

The Taiwanese company said that the new election process would see a larger representation of junior employees and no management involvement, CNN reports.

According to the report, the move is part of Foxconn's attempts to tweak its manufacturing machine, which makes a large proportion of the world's gadgets such as iPhones, tablets and computers, in response to frequent worker protests, riots, strikes and soaring labour costs.

Since a wave of worker suicides at the firm’s Chinese plants in 2009 and 2010, its treatment of its huge workforce has attracted widespread criticism and scrutiny.

Foxconn has become a focus for criticism of practices widespread in Chinese factories including illegal overtime, in human working conditions, low pay and the use of underage workers.


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First Published: Monday, February 4, 2013, 12:23


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