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.