Apple, Foxconn respond to ABC News’ report on working conditions in Chinese factory

“ABC News’ Bill Weir exclusively reported earlier this week on the conditions inside Apple’s main Chinese manufacturer — Foxconn,” Almin Karamehmedovic reports for ABC News.

“For the first time ever, Apple allowed a journalist onto its production line and to witness the labor conditions inside Foxconn, which have sometimes been reported to be unfair and unsafe,” Karamehmedovic reports. “Tuesday night’s special edition of Nightline expanded upon that original report, and included footage from inside the factory, interviews with the workers and even a visit to a local village.”

Karamehmedovic reports, “Since ABC News’ original report, Apple, Foxconn and the Fair Labor Association have sent statements explaining a few sentences in the original report.”

The text of those statements are in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
ABC News ‘Nightline’ airs report on Foxconn factories (with video) – February 22, 2012
Apple supplier Foxconn again lifts pay for China workers; 16-25 percent increase – February 17, 2012
FLA President: Foxconn factories ‘first-class; way, way above average’ – February 15, 2012
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls New York Times supplier report ‘patently false and offensive’ – January 27, 2012


  1. If people in the west are so concerned about poor living/working standards they are free to donate a lump of their inflated salaries to the less fortunate so they don’t need to go through these terrible conditions.

    Yes, it’s a monotonous job but it beats the alternatives and pays better. There are also plenty of monotonous jobs anywhere in the world – it doesn’t only exist in Chinese factories. Any product made via an assembly line would subject their workers to similar conditions.

  2. I worked on an auto assembly line in the UK, luckily I was also on piece-work, so I was finished with my Jaguar armrests at 10.30 am and had to sit around smoking in the dirty toilets for the rest of the day – so that we would not be re-timed by the ‘time & motion’ union guy. I then escaped from socialist England.

  3. I watch the Nightline piece and found it interesting. The factory looked state-of-the-art, well lit (almost sterile) and, if accurate, there appears to be plenty of opportunities for people to work, with Weir stating that most of the hundreds waiting inline would be hired that day.

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