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Foxconn workers unhappy with shorter working weeks

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In an interview, workers at Foxconn's chinese plants have expressed concerns that new limits on overtime could negatively affect their income, despite assurances by company bosses

Foxconn worker
Foxconn worker

Foxconn might have been forced to make some changes as its labor conditions were put under the spotlight by the media, but one group seems less than happy with the limitations put upon working hours: the workers themselves. In interviews with Reuters, employees have expressed concern that the new 36-hour per month overtime limit will negatively affect their pay packet. One worker, 25-year-old Chen Yamei, said that "we are here to work and not to play, so our income is very important," and that a figure closer to 60 hours would be more reasonable.

"We are here to work and not to play, so our income is very important."

While the rights of workers in China might be a hot topic right now, the employees' comments put a slightly different slant on the subject — the safety of workers should be paramount, but is it right to look at employment conditions without considering the work ethic of the people? Whether the employees' concerns are warranted or not remains to be seen, but Foxconn has said that it will provide compensation that will protect workers' incomes — with the record profits it announced earlier this week, it's clear that the company can afford it.