1 million Foxconn workers get raises

Feb. 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM
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BEIJING, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group, under a cloud of worker abuse allegations, said it was giving workers raises up to 25 percent.

Raises would range between 16 percent and 25 percent for workers who produce devices for Apple, Samsung, Nintendo, Sony and other global brands. That would boost wages to about $290 per month for "junior level" workers, double what they earned three years ago, Focus Taiwan News Channel reported Saturday.

The company, which employs about 1 million workers, has raised wages three times since 2010, the year in which a series of worker suicides at a massive production facility in Shenzhen made international headlines.

Fourteen Foxconn workers committed suicide in 2010.

In January, 150 workers threatened to jump off the roof of a factory in Wuhan, China, to protest work conditions, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Foxconn is under investigation by the Fair Labor Association for a broad range of concerns including working conditions and wages. The investigation was requested by Apple, which conducts an annual company review of its supplier facilities.

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