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Foxconn Workers Getting Another Raise Up to 66%

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 64 comments

Foxconn is making an effort to make life better for its workers.

Admidst all the suicides at Foxconn, the manufacturer has announced another increase in pay for those who qualify.

The upcoming raise, which will take effect as soon as October, could boost wages by up to 66 percent to 2,000 yuan per month ($293 USD) for employees that pass a three month performance review, according to Reuters. Foxconn did not detail what the evaluation would be based on.

The 66 percent raise will come on top of the 30 percent wage increase that was announced last week. Prior to the raise, workers were earning 900 yuan ($132 USD) a week.

"This wage increase has been instituted to safeguard the dignity of workers, accelerate economic transformation, support Foxconn's long-term objective of continued evolution from a manufacturing leader to a technology leader, and to rally and sustain the best of our workforce," said Foxconn founder and Chairman Terry Gou in a statement.

"We are working diligently to ensure that our workplace standards and remuneration not only continue to meet the rapidly changing needs of our employees, but that they are best in class."

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    duk3 , June 8, 2010 1:37 AM
    This kind of a pay raise shows you how much these workers were being cheated.
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    nforce4max , June 8, 2010 1:20 AM
    To little to late for the 9 people who had nothing to lose just this year alone. The price of greed is human life.
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    sseyler , June 8, 2010 1:46 AM
    nforce4maxTo little to late for the 9 people who had nothing to lose just this year alone. The price of greed is human life.


    "Too little, too late." Also, when you say "too late," you fail to acknowledge all of the other workers who would otherwise still be getting the same wages. Yes, it's a shame that working conditions are awful there. Nevertheless, this is a start in the right direction.
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    jacobdrj , June 8, 2010 1:14 AM
    Niice. And free room and board. Cool.
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    nforce4max , June 8, 2010 1:20 AM
    To little to late for the 9 people who had nothing to lose just this year alone. The price of greed is human life.
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    duk3 , June 8, 2010 1:37 AM
    This kind of a pay raise shows you how much these workers were being cheated.
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    Trueno07 , June 8, 2010 1:46 AM
    Hopefully other companies will follow suit..

    And whats with that damn picture? Again? Really?
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    sseyler , June 8, 2010 1:46 AM
    nforce4maxTo little to late for the 9 people who had nothing to lose just this year alone. The price of greed is human life.


    "Too little, too late." Also, when you say "too late," you fail to acknowledge all of the other workers who would otherwise still be getting the same wages. Yes, it's a shame that working conditions are awful there. Nevertheless, this is a start in the right direction.
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    sseyler , June 8, 2010 1:51 AM
    sseyler"Too little, too late." Also, when you say "too late," you fail to acknowledge all of the other workers who would otherwise still be getting the same wages. Yes, it's a shame that working conditions are awful there. Nevertheless, this is a start in the right direction.


    My intent was to say: "you fail to acknowledge all of the other workers who would otherwise still be getting the same wages that drove 9 others to their death."
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    christopherknapp , June 8, 2010 2:20 AM
    It is our fault that this is happening anyways. We have no issue with wanting and purchasing cheap computer components or electronic devices ... but yet when people start killing themselves ... we all go "that's so sad ... oh well back to my Farmville."

    Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if they were the ones making a $100,000 a year and we were the ones killing ourselves over working conditions here.
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    ricardok , June 8, 2010 2:25 AM
    What does a wage helps? People are complaining that they can't talk, they can't have any kind of relations to it's coworkers, this is what they are complaining about, nothing else..
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    jacobdrj , June 8, 2010 2:38 AM
    So, lets say Foxconn employees continue their suicidal trend... Would that prompt Foxconn to do this again, or take some other measures... Bumping up pay per suicide is a dangerous precedent...
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    jacobdrj , June 8, 2010 2:48 AM
    Look, to all of you who are pointing to 'greed' as the end all of quality of life, the fact is, China is kind of new to all this "worker productivity"/OSHA type stuff... The fact that a company in a communist regime is even acknowledging this as a problem is encouraging... This could slowly help to prompt change in China. The US had horrible working conditions, without workers' rights in almost all industries from mining to manufacturing to brokering until as late as the 1930's in some cases even the 1970's (grain elevator worker safety regulations, for example).
    Give them time. I see this whole situation as a possible positive shift for the biggest country in the world...
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    Anonymous , June 8, 2010 2:59 AM
    Hopefully Chinese companies will do the same and not just pressure non-Chinese companies to give pay raises while they do nothing in order to try to gain a competitive pricing advantage.
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    shoelessinsight , June 8, 2010 3:02 AM
    While this is a small improvement, it doesn't address what seems to be the real issue. In the interviews with Foxconn employees, low wages didn't seem to be a commonly mentioned complaint. Instead, the employees emphasized long shifts and lack of social climate on the job as their primary concerns. It was stress, exhaustion, and loneliness that was causing employees to kill themselves before, and higher wages will do little to alleviate those factors.

    It doesn't matter how much people get paid if they never have time away from work to spend that money.
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    number13 , June 8, 2010 3:06 AM
    the article says per week, that must be wrong, in China per month
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    thepinkpanther , June 8, 2010 3:12 AM
    i think the main problems would be that their working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, are not allowed to talk to others and they barely get to go to bathrooms.
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    dEAne , June 8, 2010 3:34 AM
    Because of money you could make a man walk barefoot into hell. Foxconn should address other important issues not just that and they should do it now.
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    vicsrealms , June 8, 2010 3:36 AM
    Hmm, this makes me happy that I'm not a fan of Foxconn motherboards. As well as thankful, that I don't hear this from Gigabyte or MSI my other two motherboard companies. Plus, Asus who I have had a great streak with laptops.
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    vicsrealms , June 8, 2010 3:36 AM
    Hmm, this makes me happy that I'm not a fan of Foxconn motherboards. As well as thankful, that I don't hear this from Gigabyte or MSI my other two motherboard companies. Plus, Asus who I have had a great streak with laptops.
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    Anonymous , June 8, 2010 4:01 AM
    Foxconn is evil. Now, they just hope to give some peanuts and hope the people will keep quiet. The main problem is WORKING CONDITION. They should IMPROVE WORKING CONDITION AND GIVE A PAY RAISE. 8 hours a day. 1 hour lunch. And basically, don't run it like a Nazi camp.
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    liquidsnake718 , June 8, 2010 4:09 AM
    Yet there had to be maytres in order for Foxconn to realize this predicament...
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    requiemsallure , June 8, 2010 4:11 AM
    gonna need more than that, hire some more people and cut their hours to at least 9 hours a day (optimal would be 8) while keeping the pay raises.
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