Apple's Giving Foxconn Workers a Raise

By Sam Biddle on at

When was the last time you got a 25% raise out of nowhere? Probably not recently! Then again, you probably haven't been labouring for half a day at a time in a Chinese iPad factory under allegedly godawful work conditions.

Reuters reports that Foxconn workers are getting a pay bump to "1,800 yuan per month and could be further raised above 2,200 yuan if the worker passed a technical examination," adding that "pay three years ago was 900 yuan a month." So that's a pretty nice raise, right? Even if it was granted only after months of continued scrutiny, criticism, and general outrage from around the world.

Except 1,800 yuan is about £180, meaning around £6 a day, or less than a dollar per hour. For reference, a six-piece Chicken McNugget costs £0.75 in China. Good for Foxconn (!/?). [Reuters via VentureBeat]