How many hours should Chinese workers work at Foxconn’s plant ?

An article in the New York Times (March 31, 2012) suggests that only 18% of the Chinese employees at Foxconn’s plant have complaints about working longer than the Chinese government mandated maximum of 49 hours each week, with overtime for any hours worked over 40. About 48% of employees claimed the current hours were reasonable, 34% preferred to work longer hours, with many claiming that their single status and lack of alternatives meant that they preferred to made it easier for them to 60 hours to earn more money. Do you accept the logic from the Chinese government that workers will not be able to refuse management’s request to work longer hours, thus requiring a cap ? Should workers who want to work longer hours be permitted to do so, if the laws adjust and it is legal ? Given that the overtime hours were used only because of labor shortage, how should Foxconn manage compliance – will higher wages resolve this issue ?

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