Apple Supplier Foxconn Increases Worker Wages

Foxconn, the world’s largest supplier of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, has reportedly raised the wages for its assembly line workers by as much as 25 percent.

The news comes a month after a New York Times report which shed light on the poor working conditions at Foxconn factories. According to the report, workers were frequently forced to work overtime, were forced to stand until their legs had swollen, and much more.

In addition to giving Foxconn workers a pay increase, the company says it plans to reduce overtime at its Chinese factories.

Apple recently announced that Fair Labor Association, an independent labor-rights organization, would be providing audits of supplier factories that the company employs in China and elsewhere. The team will interview employees from Shenzhen and other locations, questioning them on their compensation, working hours, working conditions and more.

A report from Bloomberg says that the Fair Labor Association has already found quite a few issues.

“We’re finding tons of issues,” van Heerden said en route to a meeting where FLA inspectors were scheduled to present preliminary findings to Foxconn management. “I believe we’re going to see some very significant announcements in the near future.”