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Trade Group Not Pleased with Apple's Foxconn Report
Friday, August 18th, 2006 at 11:20 AM - by
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) doesn't think Apple conducted a thorough enough investigation into the working conditions at Foxconn's iPod manufacturing plant in China. The BBC reports that the ICFTU is criticizing Apple because its audit findings have not been independently verified.
Janek Kuczkiewicz, the ICFTU's director of human and trade union rights, commented "We are not impressed either by the report or by the findings of Apple." He added "We do not know the conditions in which the interviews were held. We have serious reservations about the report."
The group was concerned that Apple didn't specify what criteria was used to define "unusual circumstances" for working conditions. It also pointed out that Apple didn't ask employees if they prefer decent wages or minimum wage and overtime.
Mr. Kuczkiewicz stated "We would like to remind Apple there are other labor standards - freedom from discrimination, freedom of association and freedom to bargain collectively."
Apple contends that it conducted an exhaustive investigation into Foxconn's plant, and that the overall working conditions were satisfactory. The company stated that areas of concern have already been, or are in the process of, being corrected. It also plans to complete working condition audits in every plant that produces Macs or iPods before the end of the year.
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