Reuters - "When
Chinese worker Wu Jun heard that her employer, the giant electronics
assembly company Foxconn, had given employees landmark concessions her
reaction was worry, not elation.
Foxconn's concessions, including cutting overtime for its
1.2 million mainland Chinese workers while promising
compensation that protects them against losing income, were
backed by Apple, which has faced criticism and media scrutiny
for worker safety lapses and for using relatively low-paid
employees to make high-cost phones, computers and other gadgets.
But at the Foxconn factory gates, many workers seemed
unconvinced that their pay wouldn't be cut along with their
hours. For some Chinese factory workers - who make much of their
income from long hours of overtime - the idea of less work for
the same pay could take getting used to.
"We are worried we will have less money to spend. Of course,
if we work less overtime, it would mean less money," said Wu, a
23-year-old employee from Hunan province in south China.
"We are here to work and not to play, so our income is very
important," said Chen Yamei, 25, a Foxconn worker from Hunan who
said she had worked at the factory for four years.
"We have just been told that we can only work a maximum of
36 hours a month of overtime. I tell you, a lot of us are
unhappy with this. We think that 60 hours of overtime a month
would be reasonable and that 36 hours would be too little," she
added. Chen said she now earned a bit over 4,000 yuan a month
HT: Wayne Sanman