Will Apple, Foxconn, & Sweeteners Satisfy Labor Activists?

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Barbara Jorgensen
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Foxconn wages
Barbara Jorgensen   2/17/2012 2:34:38 PM
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Foxconn should be able to spread the impact of the wage increase across its customer base, which means Apple won't be the only company effected. We may see increased prices across the board for all the brands Foxconn serves. More likely, though, Foxconn will squeeze its suppliers for better discounts or cut corners elsewhere.

I am happy for the workers--if they benefit. If more productivity is attached to the wage hike, workers are in the same place they started.

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Clairvoyant   2/18/2012 5:46:42 PM
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Good to hear that changes are to be taking place! Hopefully improvements continue to happen for the workers.

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Nemos   2/18/2012 7:18:08 PM
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"go up 16-25 percent starting in February" At least, something "good" earned from this bad story, and it is also an excellent example to follow: you can do(achieve) almost everything until you want it.

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Does it add up
FLYINGSCOT   2/19/2012 7:07:34 AM
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I wonder how wages can rise so much and the cost does not flow through to the end user. Maybe companies are taking lower margins.

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TaimoorZ   2/19/2012 7:13:37 AM
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I think the wage rise given to the workers might be an incentive to them to give positive feedback to the auditors and not highlight the problems they have been facing. I'm not sure Foxconn cares too much about ethics so won't be surprised if that's the case.

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Susan Fourtané   2/19/2012 10:29:26 AM
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Taimoor, 

That's a good observation as the wage rise came in perfect timing with the audits. I don't believe Foxconn cares about ethics either. 

-Susan 

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Dave Sasson   2/19/2012 12:02:12 PM
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Wage increases seem like a good idea, but I recall many of the workers are complaining (and those ending their lives) due to the working environment and conditions.  Does more money make the working conditions more tolerable?

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Susan Fourtané   2/19/2012 12:45:21 PM
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Hi, Dave 

Good question. I don't believe money is going to make workers conditions more tolerable if that is the main problem. As for the suicides, I prefer not to make assumptions in this topic as much of ending their own lives in many countries is part of the culture and we are not going to undertand this. There are similar working conditions in western countries, and we don't hear of workers comming suicide, do we? 

-Susan 

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Anne   2/19/2012 3:34:30 PM
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If the level of worker salaries could go up to 25 percent, hope they won't be working at excessive hours to complement the increase.

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Nemos   2/19/2012 7:17:41 PM
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Nice observation Dave, and the answer is of course not . The monthly incomes doesn't have to do with the working conditions but it is something for the moment.......

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