Foxconn workers oblivious about their rights

15 October 2010
15 October 2010 | Lindsay Clark

Workers at Foxconn are unaware of customer-imposed standards established to guarantee their conditions, according to research.

Foxconn came under global media scrutiny earlier this year following a spate of suicides at its factories. Foxconn has previously denied any allegations of mistreating employees.

A study from Hong Kong-based Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), found Foxconn customers including Apple, Nokia, HP, Dell, Sony, and Motorola have created codes to ensure decent working conditions at its suppliers.

But a study of 100 workers revealed none were aware of the codes.

The SACOM report said the  electronics firms should reform their purchasing models. “The brands should raise their unit price to ensure that workers have a living wage”

It also said buyers of Foxconn products should deliver codes of conduct to all workers and ensure that they can understand their rights.

The SACOM study was based on interviews with workers outside the factory compounds in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province and Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Researchers also took jobs as undercover workers in Foxconn’s production facilities in Shenzhen and Hangzhou in May and July, SACOM said.

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