Apple Audits Chinese iPod Factory
Apple issued details recently of an internal investigation into claims made June 11th by British newspaper The Mail on Sunday that they were using sweatshop labor in China to produce iPods. The manufacturing plants in question are run by a company called Foxconn, the trade name for Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., which manufactures products for companies like Dell, HP and Apple, among others. Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said, “Apple has begun a thorough audit of the manufacturing plant operated by Foxconn in Longhua, China.” The article claimed that workers in the Longhua factory toil through 15-hour days for only $50 a month. Apple issued a statement in response to the claims before announcing its investigation. “Apple is committed to ensuring that working conditions in our supply chain are safe, workers are treated with respect and dignity, and manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible,” the statement said. Foxconn also issued a statement, asserting that “In Shenzhen, our workers can earn at least 580 yuan ($72.50) a month, which is the minimum salary level fixed by the local government. Starting from this July, the basic salary will be adjusted to 700 yuan ($87.50) in line with the government’s new standards.”
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