When was the last time you got a 25% raise out of nowhere? Probably not recently! Then again, you probably haven't been laboring for half a day at a time in a Chinese iPad factory under allegedly godawful work conditions.

Reuters reports that Foxconn workers are getting a pay bump to "1,800 yuan per month and could be further raised above 2,200 yuan if the worker passed a technical examination," adding that "pay three years ago was 900 yuan a month." So that's a pretty nice raise, right? Even if it was granted only after months of continued scrutiny, criticism, and general outrage from around the world.


Except 1,800 yuan is about $285, meaning around $10 a day, or less than a dollar per hour. For reference, a six-piece Chicken McNugget costs $1.20 in China. Good for Foxconn (!/?). [Reuters via VentureBeat]

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