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      By Leander Kahney

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      Steve Jobs' Think Different campaign celebrated labor leaders like Gandhi, who used strikes as a form of civil protest, and Ceasar Chavez, who organized poor, migrant farm workers. But a British newspaper at the weekend published a rather shocking report about the factories in China that make his company's iPods.

      A report in the middlebrow Mail on Sunday entitled "iPod City" features photos and first-hand accounts from inside factories operated by Foxconn, a company contracted by Apple to assemble millions of iPods by hand.

      According to the report (paraphrased here by Macworld UK), Foxconn's giant Longhua plant employs 200,000 workers, who work 15-hour days but are paid just $50 a month -- miserable even by China's standards. It claims they work and live in the plant, in dormitories housing 100 people, and outside visitors are forbidden.

      The report says another plant that makes Apple's iPod shuffle in Suzhou, Shanghai, employs mostly women, because they are more trustworthy. Another factory is secured by Chinese police officers, the paper said.

      Workers at these factories earn more -- about $100 a month -- but are not housed by the company. The paper says rent and living costs eat up about half the worker's salaries.

      It should be no surprise that Chinese factory workers are low paid but the report makes conditions sound positively Dickensian.

      The situation is too murky for a rush to judgment on Apple's ethics here, and it may well meet minimum global standards. But for a company that has staked its image on progressive politics, Apple has set itself up as a potential lightning rod on global labor standards. Sweatshops came back to bite Nike after its customers rose up in arms; and Apple can expect a similar grilling from its upscale Volvo-driving fans in the months ahead.

      Tech companies' records in China are in the spotlight for a wide variety of human rights issues. Google and Yahoo have weathered a lot of criticism -- quite rightly -- for censoring search results and cooperating with the Chinese authorities cracking down on dissidents. I'm not naïve enough to expect companies to behave morally like individuals, but I find Google's corporate mantra "Don't be evil" to be especially galling. They dropped that one pretty quick.

      All of this should put Apple on notice that doing business in China in anything less than an exemplary fashion is a recipe for a PR disaster.

      It's undisputed that most of Apple's products are made and assembled in China. In recent financial filings, Apple says most of its manufacturing is performed by third-party vendors in Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea and Singapore; and assembled in China.

      "Final assembly of substantially all of the Company's portable products including MacBook Pro, iBooks and iPods is performed by third-party vendors in China," the report says.

      Apple is just one of myriad companies using Chinese factories to make its products. And of course, it does so purely because of China's low wages and other costs.

      The iPod is assembled by Invatec and Foxconn, two manufacturers headquartered in Taiwan that own factories in China and elsewhere. Foxconn is a trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry, a $16 billion giant and one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, which makes everything from Playstations for Sony to iPods for Apple.

      According to a BusinessWeek profile, Hon Hai employs about 100,000 people in China. It's hard to imagine the staff at the giant Longhua plant swelling to more than 200,000 workers, which would make it bigger than the city of Spokane, Washington, no matter how many iPods Apple sells.

      Nicholas Lardy, a senior fellow at the pro-globalization International Institute for Economics, said Hon Hai has an "excellent reputation." He says factories in China operated by big global companies like Hon Hai are very different from smaller, indigenous operations. International giants usually enforce the same work practices in China as they do in other parts of Asia, or Europe and United States, according to Lardy.

      Lardy said he had no specific knowledge of Hon Hai's facilities, but plants he's visited in China run by competitors like Jabil Circuits could be located in the United States or Europe.

      "Other companies' factories are pristine," he said. "They could be anywhere."

      However, Dan Viederman, executive director of Verité, a non-profit social research firm, said that while Chinese factories in the high-tech sector often comply to international standards on issues like the handling of toxic substances, they fall short on labor practices.

      Viederman said Chinese manufacturers are getting better at environmental issues thanks to tough laws in countries where the goods are sold, like the European Union's directive on eliminating toxins in electronics. But in other areas -- especially labor law -- they are lagging.

      "We see endemically excessively long hours, health and safety violations, underpayment of wages or overtime premiums," he said. "Also, there's no labor unions."

      China Labor Watch says one of the most serious labor issues in China is the inability of workers to organize.

      "The root of abuse is the knowledge on the part of both governments and companies that, no matter how workers are treated or what they are paid, investment will continue to pour in and goods to pour out," the site says.

      Christopher Foss, spokesman for Social Accountability International, a non-profit human-rights organization, said the technology industry is starting to get a reputation for poor overseas labor practices.

      In the past, sweatshops were associated with certain industries like apparel (Nike and Timberland), food (Dole) and mineral extraction, but as technology requires more low-skill assemblers than highly-trained manufacturers, it's starting to get a bad rep, he said.

      "There's a lot of menial tasks in sub-par positions," he said. "It used to be high tech (was) well trained and well paid, but it's the same race to the bottom. There are problems now emerging in the technology sector."

      However, Foss said at least one of Hon Hai's facilities has been certified to standards of the International Labour Organization and the United Nations. "The facility has recently been found to be free of basic human rights violations based on ILO and U.N. norms," he said.

      That may be so, but Apple needs to not only meet minimum standards, but set an example by exceeding them. It's the right thing to do of course, but it's also smart business--something Jobs should surely understand. For Apple's demographic -- well-heeled urbanites -- human rights and labor practices are, presumably, important matters. They buy fair-trade coffee, but iBooks and iPods are not an issue?

      Not yet, but there's every reason to believe they will be.

      Apple didn't respond to requests for comment.

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      "According to the report (paraphrased here by Macworld UK), Foxconn's giant Longhua plant employs 200,000 workers, who work 15-hour days but are paid just $50 a month -- miserable even by China's standards. It claims they work and live in the plant, in dormitories housing 100 people, and outside visitors are forbidden."

      Sounds like slave quarters.

      And some people have the nerve to say slavery has ended.

      $50 / 30 days = $1.67 a day / 15 hours = 0.11 cent an hour.
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      Greetings Truth!

      A lot of people are really under the illusion that these corporations
      are just moving overseas because they simply cannot afford the
      price to run those manufacturing plants in the united snakkes.

      All these corporations smells stink with slave labor and the abuse
      of their workers including children. The amount of money they make selling their products to the average customer is more than enough for them to have fair and decent wages for their workers.

      It's just pure greed, greed, and more greed on their part, and they could care less about people and their families struggling to make ends meet and survive.

      it is just sad and totally sickening to see the worlds poor being taken advantage of by so many people who can afford to pay them better.

      At least we know slavery has not ended.

      I appreciate the feedback comrade.

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      By ELAINE KURTENBACH,
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      Apple Computer Inc. is investigating claims of poor working conditions at a Chinese iPod factory, the company said Friday, vowing not to tolerate any labor violations.

      The company was responding to a report by a British newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, that alleged workers at an unnamed iPod factory were paid as little as $50 to work 15-hour shifts making the devices.

      The Mail's report did not provide many details about the location or ownership of the factory, but its allegations provoked a vigorous response from Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif.

      "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," said a statement from Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman.

      "We are currently investigating the allegations regarding working conditions in the iPod manufacturing plant in China. We do not tolerate any violations of our supplier code of conduct," it said.

      Apple's iconic iPod players are made abroad, mainly in China. The company has sold more than 50 million iPods since its debut in 2001.

      Staff at Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that reportedly assembles the iPods and products of many other major manufacturers in China, refused comment when contacted Friday at the company's China headquarters in Shenzhen, a city bordering Hong Kong.

      Foxconn is the trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which claims many big name customers including Intel Corp., Dell Inc. and Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news).

      In a report in the state-run newspaper Beijing Times, a company spokeswoman, identified only by the surname He, denied there were any labor violations at its factories.

      "The labor department can come to our factory and investigate," He was quoted as saying.

      Apple adopted a code of conduct for its suppliers last November, saying it was modeled after the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct and other labor standards.

      The code bans child labor and sets a maximum of 60-hour work weeks, including overtime. The provisions also require suppliers to comply with applicable laws on minimum wages and to keep worker dormitories clean and safe.

      Allegations of poor working conditions are rife in China and workers often are housed in rudimentary dormitories, fed poorly and subjected to poor pay, unsafe working conditions and other maltreatment. Although $50 monthly would be relatively low pay, wages can run even lower for some jobs.

      However, the official minimum wage in Shenzhen, where Foxconn has some of its factories, is about twice that amount.
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      AP Technology Writer May Wong in San Jose, Calif. contributed to this report.
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