Foxconn Clarifies Hiring Controversy, Confirms 25% of New Recruits Are Married Women

News Now Nation: Apple iPhone maker Foxconn has recently addressed concerns raised regarding its hiring practices and safety protocols. According to sources, the company has informed the government that 25% of its new hires are married women and that its safety protocol, which requires all employees to avoid wearing metal irrespective of gender or religion, is not discriminatory.

In an informal note shared with the government following media reports suggesting the company is not hiring married women, Foxconn clarified that such stipulations are not part of its policy. These claims, according to the company, may have been made by individuals who were not hired. The company also emphasized that such media reports are detrimental to the reputation of India’s fast-growing manufacturing sector.

Government Involvement

On June 26, the Ministry of Labour and Employment sought a detailed report from the Tamil Nadu labour department on the issue of married women not being allowed to work at the Foxconn India Apple iPhone Plant, as reported by the media. The ministry’s involvement underscores the seriousness of the allegations and the need for a thorough investigation.

 

An image showing the exterior of the Foxconn factory in Tamil Nadu, India.

Foxconn’s Hiring Practices

One of the sources highlighted that Foxconn’s recent hires include 25% married women, which would mean nearly one-third of the total women employed are married. “This ratio compares favorably to any factory in this sector currently operating in India,” the source added. This statement underlines Foxconn’s commitment to inclusive hiring practices.

Currently, the Foxconn factory employs about 70% women and 30% men, making the Tamil Nadu plant the largest factory for women’s employment in the country. During peak periods, the total employment at the plant has reached 45,000 workers.

Safety Protocols and Metal Restrictions

Foxconn has also addressed the discussion around Hindu married women being discriminated against for wearing metals (ornaments and jewelry). The company stated that this perception is “entirely slanted” and emphasized that wearing metal in such factories is a safety issue, a fact well recognized by both the industry and the government.

“Any person wearing metals — man or woman — regardless of their status (single or married) and their religion (Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh etc.) are required to remove metals while working in the factory,” the source quoted from the company’s informal note. For safety reasons, no one wearing metal is allowed to work on the shop floor, a prevalent practice in several industries to ensure worker safety.

A group of female employees working on the assembly line in the Foxconn plant.

 

Addressing Media Reports

According to sources, Foxconn has stated that the media report is based on anecdotal comments by 5-10 people or potential job seekers. These comments likely came from candidates who did not get the job or no longer work at Foxconn. The company’s clarification aims to dispel the misconceptions and reassure the public of its fair hiring practices and commitment to workplace safety.

No immediate comments were received from Foxconn in response to an email query sent to the company on the matter.

Conclusion

Foxconn’s clarification about its hiring practices and safety protocols highlights the company’s commitment to creating an inclusive and safe working environment. By addressing the allegations head-on and providing clear explanations, Foxconn aims to maintain its reputation as a responsible employer in India’s manufacturing sector.

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