HP pushes partner to offer better working conditions

HP pushes partner to offer better working conditions

Vendor, union and media pressure forces packing company to improve working conditions

Tech giant, HP, has pushed a computer packing partner, Foxteq, to offer better working conditions for employees after significant media and union pressure.

It follows on from November 2010 allegations that Foxteq employees were only given shifts the night before, had no job security and were forced to compete for extra shifts.

HP computers packed at Foxteq are then shipped to customers at the Department of Defence, various banking institutions and other organisations.

According to an story, the staff are now being offered permanent full-time and part-time contracts.

The company faced pressure after the story reached the media and it was pursued by the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union.

The story also claimed the previous labour hire company, Weststaff, had been replaced by Resco, which signed the new agreement. Foxteq is the sister company of Foxconn, which has faced significant international pressure for having tough working conditions and a string of employee suicides.

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