In the ongoing investigation of conditions at the Foxconn factories in China, the Fair Labor Association has issued a report, and the fallout has been immediate. The FLA auditors have found at least 50 breaches of Chinese regulations, reports Bloomberg. These primarily concern workers having longer hours, and more days in a row than they should be allowed, as well as inconsistent health and safety policies, and not enough pay for overtime.
Foxconn has pledged to lower overtime without cutting pay by July of next year, and will compensate some 1.2 million employees for lost overtime.
Interestingly, the workers might not be huge fans of this change. According to Reuters, the workers at Foxconn want more hours and more pay, and there is worry that this will lead to them having a smaller paycheck.
Some critics of the FLA claim there are no consequences from the report (though I would argue the incredible international pressure seems to qualify), but other labor groups think the report and changes will be “life changing”.
You can read the full report here, if that’s your thing.