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March 29, 2012

Apple, Foxconn agree to better work conditions

The companies have decided to reduce weekly work time and hike wages of workers in Chinese units

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple and Hon Hai Precision Industry, the subsidiary of Foxconn, have agreed to better working conditions at the Chinese factories and also hike workers wages.

Besides, they have also decided to reduce the weekly work time to 49 hours, from about 60 hours.

This follows a probe by the Fair Labor Association (FLA), which said its survey of three Foxconn plants and over 35,000 workers had found labour laws being violated.

It was found that average monthly salaries at the factories ranged from $360 to $455, according to the Associated Press.

The FLA said that instances of child or forced labour were, however not found.

Apple is said to be the first electronics company to commission the FLA to produce a special audit.

Apple in a statement said, "Our team has been working for years to educate workers, improve conditions and make Apple’s supply chain a model for the industry, which is why we asked the FLA to conduct these audits."

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