In an ongoing tour to China Apple’s Chief Executive Tim Cook visited the controversial Foxconn factory to settle things with the local authorities in order to tackle the months-long criticism over the working conditions in the factory.
For the good of workers Apple and Foxconn have reached to an agreement in which the manufacturing company will hire tens of thousands of new workers and will reduce the working hours to 49 per week including overtime, down from 60 per week. Foxconn also agreed to build more houses to reside the workers to meet the Western standard of living for labor. Under this agreement more canteens will be built as well and Foxconn will also make sure the safety of workers. Social welfares, participation in unions, all promised for the labor in this futuristic agreement between world’s most valuable company, Apple, and Foxconn that contributes to almost 50% of world’s electronics manufacturing.
Fair Labor Association (FLA) President Auret van Heerde said that their team will be conducting onsite verification whether the conditions in this agreement are met.
Apple is not the only Western brand that relies on the Taiwanese for the manufacturing of their prestigious products’ parts, Dell Inc, Hewlett-Packard, Amazon.com Inc, Motorola Mobility Holdings, Nokia Oyj and Sony Corp are also dependent on them. And Apple’s conformity with Foxconn over labor law can affect all those companies too.