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Foxconn admits breaking Chinese labor laws

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Monday, June 26, 2006
News Categories: iPod

Foxconn, Apple’s iPod manufacturing partner, has admitted that it has broken some Chinese labor laws. After initially denying that its factories force long hours, low pay and poor working conditions, the company said today that its employees work about 80 extra hours each month. According to labor laws in the country, employees are not to work more than 36 extra hours each month. However, Foxconn spokesperson Li Zong said the company has paid the workers according to the minimum salary requirements of the local government. Li also said that Apple has sent a special team to investigate the claims, but has found no problem with Foxconn.

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1

How the hell Apple special team investigate the factory to miss that?

It probably goes down like this:
Chinese people - check
Ipod - check
high profit - check
Ok lets go home and violate some more copyrights and continue making more money.

Posted by Rotten-Apple on June 26, 2006 at 11:25 AM (PDT)

2

Makes Apple’s “special investigative” skills look really good.

Posted by flatline response on June 26, 2006 at 12:23 PM (PDT)

3

Think somebody’s about to get in trouble?

I can’t imagine working 80 extra hours a week at mimimum wage…. I wonder how much money Foxconn is making off of their employees hardwork and how much money Apple is making off of Foxconn.

Bet it’s enough not to have any excuse for the abuse of employees.

Posted by 3rdEye on June 26, 2006 at 12:54 PM (PDT)

4

It says 80 extra hours a month, not week,

Posted by ben on June 26, 2006 at 3:10 PM (PDT)

5

I don’t think American companies should be held 100 percent responsible for those factories taking advantage of their workers.  The Chinese goverment should be the one enforcing their own labor laws.  Western companies are always blame for the Chinese not protecting the rights of their workers.

BTW:  I’m not defending Apple, Nike, Martha Stewart, nor any other big company.  I just think that people should look ou for their own.

Posted by JOG on June 26, 2006 at 8:06 PM (PDT)

6

Hey apple hasn’t updated the store yet!  Is an update looming? Maybe the movie store???

Posted by bd on June 27, 2006 at 11:33 AM (PDT)

7

Accurately say, the employees work over 12 hours every day (12-15 hours), work more than 6 days every week. often rest only one day per month. So the overtime will be more than 32 hours (4*5+12) per week, and more than 128 hours (32*4) per month.

But this similar situation is not rare in south china, in fact the essential reason lies in the government (not voted by people). In china, it can be said that no rule in china, no rule in nearly every aspects of the society, including in government, academic, etc. The whole country was ruled by person, not by law. Corruption exists everywhere and in every aspect of this country. The most unfortunate is the people living here. But ironically, the people living here can stand anything and still keep a good mind so far as they can be kept alive.

Posted by guest on June 29, 2006 at 6:44 AM (PDT)

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