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Apple works with Foxconn to address worker concerns at Zhengzhou plant

Apple says it is working to resolve employee complaints at the world's biggest iPhone factory in China, after police were filmed beating protesting employees at the plant this week and employees began an exodus Thursday. A team from the US company is at Foxconn Technology Group’s plant in Zhengzhou, capital of central Henan province, and is in talks with its largest contract manufacturer to address the worker complaints that led to the violent protests. “We have Apple team members on the ground at our supplier Foxconn’s Zhengzhou facility,” the Cupertino, California-based technology giant said. “We are reviewing the situation and working closely with Foxconn to ensure their employees’ concerns are addressed.” Labor groups have criticized Apple for failing to adequately protect the rights of workers at the vast Zhengzhou site. Workers have clashed with police following delayed bonus payments and conditions at the facility, which has been contending with an outbreak of Covid-19 for more than a month. Foxconn has blamed “an input error in the computer system” that occurred during the onboarding process that resulted in new hires receiving contracts intended for existing workers. The company said it guaranteed new hires will be paid what was agreed and in line with official recruitment posters. Foxconn has also offered a 10,000 yuan payment, equivalent to $1,400, to newly-recruited workers who wanted to leave their jobs and return home, according to text messages seen by the Wall Street Journal.

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Female graduates earning less than men

New figures reveal that female graduates in nearly every academic subject earn less than men five years after finishing their studies, even though they are more likely to be employed. The Longitudinal Education Outcomes data reveal that 87.7% of women were employed or in further study five years after graduating, compared with 85.6% of men from the same cohort. However, figures also revealed the large majority of men earned more than their female classmates. Female graduates had average salaries that were 13.1% - or £4,000 - lower than male average earnings in 2020. Postgraduate female earnings were lower by 16.3%, or £6,200. Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said: "Men are more confident in their own abilities and more gung-ho about their existing skills. Women are sometimes smarter in their job searches, however, as they make more effort to look at the ethics of potential employers and think more about factors like having a sensible work/life balance."

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Amazon faces Black Friday protests in 40 countries

Thousands of Amazon warehouse workers in about 40 countries are planning to take part in protests and walkouts to coincide with Black Friday sales. Workers in the US, UK, India, Japan, Australia, South Africa and across Europe want better wages and working conditions as the cost-of-living crisis deepens. A campaign called “Make Amazon Pay” is being coordinated by an international coalition of trade unions alongside other civil society groups. “It’s time for the tech giant to cease their awful, unsafe practices immediately, respect the law and negotiate with the workers who want to make their jobs better,” said Christy Hoffman, general secretary for UNI Global Union, one of the campaign’s organisers. “While we are not perfect in any area, if you objectively look at what Amazon is doing on these important matters you’ll see that we do take our role and our impact very seriously,” Amazon spokesman David Nieberg said.

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EU lawmakers want FIFA to help Qatar workers’ families

The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling on FIFA to help compensate the families of workers who died in Qatar during preparations for the World Cup. Measures put in place by the Qatari government were not sufficient, said the lawmakers, who also urged the Qatari authorities to conduct a full investigation into human rights abuses in the run-up to the competition.

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Regulators in key jurisdictions are concerned about Twitter’s continued compliance efforts

Regulators in key jurisdictions are concerned about Twitter’s continued compliance efforts following a wave of departures among the platform’s policy and safety-issue staffers around the globe. Recent exits include dozens of employees in units including government policy, legal affairs and Twitter’s “trust and safety” division, which is responsible for functions like drafting content-moderation rules, from hubs including Dublin, Singapore and San Francisco, reports the Wall Street Journal, which observes that scrutiny has been particularly close in Europe. Věra Jourová, a vice president of the EU’s executive arm, said she was concerned about reports of the departure of many Twitter staff in Europe. “European laws continue to apply to Twitter, regardless of who is the owner,” she said.

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