March 29, 2012

Apple CEO Drops In On Foxconn Factory

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook visited Foxconn Technology's manufacturing plant for the iPhone earlier this week, amidst controversy over working conditions at the facility.

Cook first made an appearance at the Xidan Joy City retail store in Beijing, and met with Chinese government officials.

Now, reports say that he is visiting the iPhone production plant, which employs 120,000 people.

Apple contracts Foxconn to make its iPhones and iPads, but its factories have come under intense scrutiny on whether its employees are being treated fairly.

The New York Times reported in January that workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices often work in harsh conditions.

Apple joined the Fair Labor Association in January after complaints by human rights organizations.  Apple was the first technology company to join the group.

FLA Chief Executive Officer Auret van Heerden said last month that the group found "tons of issues," but was seeing "dramatic" improvements.

Foxconn raised the base pay for junior workers by as much as 25 percent last month, and said its wages exceed government mandates.

A report by Xinhua news agency said that China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang told Cook that multinational companies should pay more attention to caring for workers and share development opportunities with the Chinese side.

The report said Cook told Li that Apple “will strengthen comprehensive cooperation with the Chinese side and conduct business in a law- abiding and honest manner."


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