Houston Community News >> Union Formed at Chinese iPod Plant

1/17/2007 - A union affiliated with the government-controlled All-China Federation of Trade Unions was set up at a factory owned by Foxconn Technology Group in the southern city of Shenzhen on Dec. 31, reports Forbes. The company was involved in a controversy last year over unfair labor practices.

Foxconn, an original equipment manufacturer for Apple’s iPod, admitted last June that their employees work about 80 extra hours each month, which is against the law in China. According to Chinese labor laws, a company breaks the law if it asks employees to work more than 36 extra hours each month. Chinese law allows a trade union to be formed in any domestic enterprise with 25 or more workers and doesn’t require approval from the employer, notes Forbes.

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