Hong Kong, 30 May 2013
Foxconn should keep its promise; we need no fake trade unions
This is the fourth year of Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and other local organizations to come to the Annual General Meeting of Foxconn International Holdings Limited to protest against Foxconn’s maltreatment of workers and its broken promise of trade union democratization.
On 4 February 2013, Financial Times reported Foxconn would start trade union democratization in its Chinese factories with the assistance of Fair Labor Association (FLA).
WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2013 8:25 PM
BY MICHELLE CHEN
With a workforce of more than one million, the electronics giant Foxconn has enough workers in its Chinese factories to fill a small country. So it’s fitting that the company has vowed to make its manufacturing kingdom a bit more democratic by encouraging union elections.
But although the company announced its push for union democracy in February, a subsequent study by academics in Hong Kong and mainland China reveals that many workers don’t even know whether they’re in a union, and many others don’t have a clear idea of what their union does or how it works. And that actually makes perfect sense, since China’s unions are ill-defined, bureaucratized institutions—politically [...]
Hong Kong, 9 May 2013
Promise from Foxconn on democratic union is broken
A recent report conducted by a group of scholars and students from China and Hong Kong1 reveals that the high enrolment rate of Foxconn union is just window-dressing. The world’s biggest factory empire has never realized its commitment to promote democratic industrial relation and to fulfill its corporate social responsibility. In addition, according to the latest news report from a Chinese newspaper, the promised union elections are in limbo. [...]