Foxconn says to boost China worker participation in union

Workers walk out of the entrance to a Foxconn factory in ChengduTAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Foxconn Technology Group, the assembler of most of the world's top-selling electronic gadgets including Apple Inc's iPhone, is trying to raise participation in its union as part of efforts to dispel a rash of bad publicity over poor working conditions and labor disputes. Taiwan's Foxconn, which employs more than 1 million people, mostly in China at huge factory complexes, hit the headlines in mid-2010 following a spate of worker suicides and widespread allegations of poor conditions, long hours and low wages. Apple, Foxconn's main client, asked the U.S. …

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