On Thursday the Fair Labor Association released its investigative report summarizing the working conditions at three of Foxconn’s factories. The association found health and safety risks and also said that employees were working “excessive overtime.” Foxconn has decided to cut back the maximum number of hours an employee can work to 49 hours per week, including overtime, Reuters said. However, the employees aren’t pleased — they want to work more.
‘We are worried we will have less money to spend,” Wu Jun, a 23-year old, told Reuters. “Of course, if we work less overtime, it would mean less money.”
“We are here to work and not to play, so our income is very important,” Chen Yamei, a 25-year old worker, told Reuters. “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.”
The workers also told Reuters that they like working with computers instead of being in factories that require manual labor. They also said the conditions at Foxconn’s bigger plants are much better than smaller factories in China.