Foxconn raises wages again

Foxconn, the electronics company hit by a string of suicides has raised wages in China – for the second time in less than a week. The firm, which makes Apple's iPad and iPhone will increase salaries at its Shenzhen plant by nearly 70 per cent from as early as 1 October, if workers meet certain conditions. This is in addition to last week's announcement that wages would go up by 30 per cent. There have been 10 suicides at the Taiwan firm's Shenzhen factory in 2010. he company said the second pay rise would lessen the pressure on workers to do overtime. It said: "While overtime work was always voluntary, this wage increase will reduce overtime work.