Apple to investigate labor allegations in China

By Justin Mann on June 16, 2006, 4:36 PM
After taking a lot of criticism over rumored poor labor practices, Apple is launching an investigation into the working conditions of a factory in China. Vowing to “not tolerate” abuse of workers, this is Apple's first big response to claims such as people getting paid as little as $50 for 15 hours of work. Apple doesn't say much other than they are looking into it and will stop any wrongdoing. The particular area in question is a factory used by Foxconn, which makes many technology devices including things like motherboards.

If bad things are found to be happening, Apple will probably look to enforcing a code of conduct that is used internationally to govern safety conditions. While Apple can't control overseas factories, they can control whom they let build iPods – and if there is enough outcry, Apple might move to another company just to save face.

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DragonMaster said:
$50 to build a couple of $200+ iPods...
Xavien said:
looking at production lines in general i'd say 15 hours work is more then just a couple of $200 iPods. More like 30-50.
DragonMaster said:
$$$...Companies do nothing and make lots of money, while you make no money and have to pay a fortune for what they sell you.
Julio said:
Like it or not, Apple is still going to get the bad press if such rumors are true.
canadian said:
Well, atleast Apple is doing something about it.
RC71 said:
[b]Originally posted by Julio:[/b][quote]Like it or not, Apple is still going to get the bad press if such rumors are true.[/quote]IF? There is no if. I don't understand why there is confusion or even a question. The conditions exist and are like that all over China. Chinese law is pretty clear. About $200 a month for a 50hr week. Workers are shipped to where the factory (if necessary) is and often live at the factory. This is not new and no investigation is required. China doesn't deny it at all and frankly American's (the world really) don't care as long as long as they save 10%
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