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Claims of labor abuse at iPod factories

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Mon June 12, 2006

iPod factory labor abuse

A new report entitled "The iPod City" states that Apple's iPods are constructed primarily by female employees who earn as little as $50 per month, but who work 15 hours per day. Foxconn's Longhua plant employs 200,000 workers who live in dormitories -- each housing 100 people -- which do not permit visitors from outside world, according to Macworld UK. Another factory in Suzhou, Shanghai rolls out iPod shuffles with workers who are housed outside the facility. Employees earn roughly $100 per month, but must pay for accommodations and food, which consumes half of their salaries. One security guard said that the Shuffle production lines are staffed by women workers because "they are more honest than male workers," while Apple's iPod nano is manufactured in a five-story factory that is secured by police officers, according to the report.

by MacNN Staff




  1. pjdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Market place demands

    Well, when the marketplace demands more and cheeper, what else is a company to do? Anyone take a look at where other mp3 players are made, or is this a witch hunt? Didn't think so...

  1. dmsimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So because everyone does it, it's OK?

    This is an INSANE business practice.

  1. Cubester

    Joined: Dec 1969


    are you kidding?

    Two wrongs don't make a right. This is VERY bad, indeed. Apple, take note!

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    avoid nike comparisons!

    Apple, it'd be wise to avoid any potential Nike comparisons!

  1. fletcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Don't Be Like Nike

    Yeah, the last thing Apple would want to do is partner with Nike.!


  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NO surprise

    It's pathetic, but this is not a surprise. That's why everyone wants to do business with China, and why nobody wants to call China on the carpet for their horrendous human rights record, including the US.

    Every company that relies on labor in China has this issue. Boycott them all, if you want. It's the dirty secret nobody wants to deal with.

  1. brinj

    Joined: Dec 1969


    your math is wrong

    How much of your annual income does food and lodging run you?

    When you're making $5200.00 a year in a country where the average income is just under $2000.00 a year, your doing very well. And even at $2600.00 a tear with food and lodging provided, your still ahead of the game.

    While they're not allowed guests in the dormatories, it doesn't say that the women are not allowed to go out. Their society is different than ours. Most worker far from home are housed in company dorms.

  1. guytoronto

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Congratulations. I make $3000 a month, half of which is spent on rent and food. Oh the horror!

  1. slugslugslug

    Joined: Dec 1969


    not OK, but...

    dmsimmer: if everybody does abuse workers, that doesn't make it okay for Apple to do so. It does, however, make it strange that Apple is being singled out. If this company manufacturers stuff for lots of brands, then the criticism should be focused on the company running the plant and/or [i]all[/i] it's customers, not just Apple.

    brinj: Comparative standards of living are important distinctions to make, but your math is off, too. $100/month is $1200, not $5200, per year. And I think in the developed world, people who are considered "middle class" tend to spend less than half their income on just food/housing, but I may be way off.

  1. iFrankie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's New?

    Everything that is made overseas is made under these conditions. Nothing new. Every company is just as guilty as the next. Tech companies to clothing companies....

    If businesses and people cared enough then we wouldn't keep outsourcing to China or overseas in such a rapid rate.

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