Made in the EU: Foxconn in the Czech Republic

Rutvica Andrijasevic, Devi Sacchetto

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Abstract

Next to its 32 factories in mainland China, Foxconn has another 200 factories and subsidiaries around the world on which there is little or no data. This article focuses on plants in the Czech Republic, Foxconn's most important European site and the hub for export-oriented electronics industry. It asks whether there are similarities between Foxconn's Chinese and European sites, two locations commonly imagined as separate and opposite in their management practices and treatment of the workforce. Drawing on sixty interviews with workers and privileged informants, the article outlines the labor process, forms of control, composition of labor, the role of the state, and the reach and impact of the trade unions in Foxconn's Czech plants. It makes visible the deterioration of working conditions in the Czech Republic, both under European Union regulations and just-in-time production by multinationals, and suggests that in order to understand the ongoing changes there is a need to move away from the idea of labor and labor markets as solely domestic actors, and toward a discussion on globally integrated politics of production.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-415
Number of pages25
JournalWorkingUSA
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • europe
  • china
  • labour migration
  • labour market
  • trade unions

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