Electronics Watch Release Report on Foxconn in the Czech Republic
Following two years of monitoring and reporting on labour standards compliance at the Foxconn factory in Pardubice, Czech Republic, Electronics Watch has released findings in accordance with our transparency policy.
Electronics Watch highlights the problem of precarious employment and income insecurity of the indirect workforce, their unpredictable working hours and late shift notifications, and their lack of information concerning their own wages and bonuses. The report also notes improvements, such as production planning which has allowed Foxconn to better predict when shifts are needed and decreased the need for sudden weekend shifts, and a minimum guaranteed income for temporary indirect workers.
Electronics Watch shared its findings throughout the monitoring process with workers, via the trade union and a local civil society organisation that provides services to migrant workers, Foxconn, HP, a main buyer, as well as with affiliates. The report notes the responsiveness of HP to Electronics Watch findings and the importance of affiliates following developments and expressing concern to suppliers in achieving positive results.
Electronics Watch regrets Foxconn did not provide access to Electronics Watch monitoring partner, MKC Praha. Electronics Watch believes it is vital for local monitoring partners to be given access to workplaces in their regions both to facilitate independent verification of compliance information and to advance social dialogue through which problems can be identified and addressed in a timely manner.
Foxconn (the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) is the world's largest contract manufacturer. It manufactures and develops computers, communications and consumer products, and components for many of the best-known electronics brands. Foxconn CZ operates two plants in the Czech Republic. The one in Pardubice serves as the company's regional base for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.