In the wake of the Fair Labor Association’s inspection of its manufacturing facilities in China, Foxconn has apparently opted to give its workers a pay raise. Apple requested those “special voluntary audits,” which included factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu.
According to Bloomberg, worker salaries have jumped anywhere from 16 percent to 25 percent.
In late January, The New York Times published a series of reports about working conditions at Foxconn, which builds Apple’s best-selling products. “The workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often labor in harsh conditions,” read the Times’ Jan. 25 piece, which partly drew its information from unnamed factory employees. “Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and serious—sometimes deadly—safety problems.”
Those reports drew negative attention to Apple. In January, it became the first technology company admitted to the Fair Labor Association, and its suppliers apparently opted to cooperate fully with the inspection. “We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a Feb. 13 statement.