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1 May 2013

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“The new generation migrant workers concern programme” research team

English translation excerpts of the report on Foxconn trade union research [China]

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According to a report on Financial Times dated February 4, 2013…Foxconn [part of Hon Hai] is preparing its first ever genuinely representative trade union elections among its factories in mainland China…Through this investigation, we want to know about Foxconn’s existing union system and analyze the problems of the existing union…and to provide institutional proposal on “building a real union" in Foxconn…Core research findings…1. Most workers have a certain understanding of "Trade Union Law", however to a limited extent only…2. Where is the union committee? The vast majority of the workers do not know who they are…3. Union coverage is low, workers joined the union “automatically” …4. No workers are informed for the Foxconn election details…5. Is the union’s caring hotline care enough? …6. Union’s performance is behind expectation, especially on important issues…7. Workers’ earning is lower than average, the union is not helpful with the issue…8. Facing the future: worker’s expectation on union democratization…

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