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Apple, Foxconn failing to meet standards, activists say

updated 11:05 am EDT, Fri May 6, 2011

Claims promises of improvements unfulfilled

Asian manufacturer Foxconn and client companies like Apple, HP and Dell have failed to live up to promises of higher labor standards, says a Hong Kong-based activist group. Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) charges that while the client firms have pledged to work with Foxconn to raise standards to acceptable levels, many problems still persist. Foxconn is still allegedly making misleading statements about wages and benefits, and even the location of work. Wages are often miscalculated and people are still working many hours of unpaid overtime, potentially as much as 80 to 100 a month without meal breaks. Overtime was supposed to drop to 36 hours.

Workers are said to function without proper safety precautions in some cases, and may not be informed about the dangers of chemicals they're exposed to. Interns are still reportedly treated as full-time workers, and are forced to handle night shifts. Complaining about any of these issues is difficult in spite of a hotline arranged for workers, SACOM comments. Foxconn is noted to use "military" management, particularly when it comes to training new employees.

Apple is claimed to bear special responsibility because of its production demands. While most Apple goods are assembled at Foxconn's Shenzhen facilities, which also handles orders from HP, Dell, Nokia and others, the Chengdu campus -- with some 100,000 workers -- is entirely devoted to iPads.


By Electronista Staff
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  1. Athens

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    And this is Apples Fault, or HP's fault. Perhaps some one should blame the regulatory bodies of the government which these factories operate in. You really think all North American companies would provide breaks and holidays and safe working conditions on there own if it was not regulated and enforced otherwise. Take your beef up with the Governments.

  1. wrenchy

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    Title says it all.

    "Apple failing to meet standards".

    Eee-nuff said.


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. chas_m



    ALL the Foxconn customers

    Need to step up to the plate on this. It's unfair that Apple gets all the press about it when in fact Foxconn also makes stuff for every other big name in the industry (note to the troll), but Apple could lead the way in improving conditions as it has before (yes, things were worse before Apple).

  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Apple Store

    I want an option in a drop down box on the Apple Store where I can choose to have my device assembled in a factory with better conditions. Better yet, I want my device to be designed and assembled by Apple in California.

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