Foxconn Workers Say, “Keep Our Overtime”
Nets to catch would-be jumpers still sag ominously from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s buildings. But two years after a spate of suicides at the Apple Inc. supplier’s campus in Shenzhen, workers are more concerned about another measure designed to protect them: Limits on overtime.
Hon Hai in March said it would change its workplace practices after an audit by a U.S.-based nonprofit worker-safety group found widespread breaches of Chinese law and Apple policies at three plants, including the excessive use of overtime. Hon Hai responded by pledging that it would bring its overtime policies into alignment with Chinese law by next year, allowing workers to work no more than nine hours of overtime a week. The Taiwan-based company, also known as Foxconn, pledged to improve health and safety conditions at its campuses across China as well.