The increases attention on conditions at Foxconn has prompted the company to increase wages by 16-25%. This is the third pay rise they’ve received since 2010, and now the pay of a junior level worker is 1,800 yuan ($285) per month, and could hit 2,200 yuan ($350) if they pass an examination. Three years ago, that same position only earned 900 yuan per month.
In a statement, the company said:
“As a top manufacturing company in China, the basic salary of junior workers in all of Foxconn’s China factories is already far higher than the minimum wage set by all local governments. We will provide more training opportunities and learning time, and will continuously enhance technology, efficiency and salary, so as to set a good example for the Chinese manufacturing industry.”
A twofold pay increase over three years? That’s incredibly heartening, and shows that international attention can do something to improve factory conditions.