When you think of factories what comes to mind? Surely not over worked and under-compensated workers, right? Most of us know that employees of factories work hard; however, in most circumstances the hours are fair, at the least. On the other hand, this is untrue of Foxconn, an electronics manufacturing company that has its headquarters in Taiwan. They have been involved in several controversies regarding treatment of their employees and now Apple is stepping in.
Tim Cook has paid a visit to the Apple supply chain and brought along the Fair Labor Association to audit work conditions. However, Apple Inc. is not the only company that has electronics manufactured here, they are joined by Acer, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Nintendo, Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and Vizio.
Employees deal with a lot of mistreatment such as:
- Living in crowded dorms
- 50+ hour work weeks
- Unfair compensation for overtime; Read more [HERE]
Bottom line: For a true difference to be made all of the above companies need to band together and show Foxconn that the people producing their products deserve to be treated with respect.