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iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
Posted by: samintx
Date: June 30, 2006 04:06AM
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iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
26 June 2006 14:46 by Davedough

Last week, the leader in portable music devices, Apple denied to the press that it was in any violation of labor laws for their production factories based in China. Hon Hai Precision Industry's Foxconn factory, production partner for Apple's iPod, has now stepped up to the plate and admitted to keeping workers under unfair conditions. It seems the factory turned its back on Chinese law and had workers that were overworked and underpaid.

In their defense, Foxxconn has stated that even though workers were forced to work some 80 extra hours per month, they were compensated for those hours. The 80 extra hours takes these workers 44 more hours than is allowed by law.

Apple has commented that it will investigate these issues and comment further when they have more information.

Source:
The Inquirer
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Re: iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 30, 2006 04:24AM
Yeah, but probably not at the 1.5x overtime rate as is common in the US. I wonder if there were any other violations besides hours.

I'd like to think that Apple honestly was unaware of any labor violations. But maybe not.
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Re: iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
Posted by: elmo3
Date: June 30, 2006 04:40AM
"plausible deniability".



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Re: iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 30, 2006 04:59AM
Managers for the auto parts chain I managed at were required to work 50 hour weeks, minimum, and Washington State law says full time is defined as 32 hours or more a week. No overtime pay for us either. And as defined by law, supervisors need to be doing supervisory duties ONLY for 50% or more of the time to be exempt/salaried employees. We spent most of the time on the sales floor as sales people. We were required to take a 1/2 hour lunch after a 5 hour shift as per state law, but as the only management on duty, you couldn't leave, and state law says if you can't leave the premises you get paid for your lunchtime, yet they refused to, even when you pointed it out to them, in multiple registered letters. Needless to say, I don't work there any more as they violated so many labor laws it was ludacris.

Nothing new about big business doing whatever they can get away with.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/30/2006 05:01AM by Racer X.
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Re: iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 30, 2006 08:02AM
yah, sure racer, but we're talking about China, where the gummint owns them body and soul.
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Re: iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: June 30, 2006 08:24AM
They have labor laws in China?
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Re: iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
Posted by: Sam3
Date: June 30, 2006 08:57AM
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MGS_forgot_password
They have labor laws in China?

Who needs labor laws when one lives in the "worker's paradise".
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Re: iPOD factory admits to violating labor laws
Posted by: threeprong
Date: June 30, 2006 11:14AM
It's hard for Chinese workers to position themselves as being indispensible.
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