Apple’s Chief Puts Stamp on Labor Issues

A day after Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, toured a Chinese factory where the company’s products are made, an audit commissioned by Apple criticized the long hours and dangerous working conditions at plants run by Foxconn, the operator of the factory Mr. Cook visited last week.In response, Foxconn vowed to reduce working hours and significantly increase wages at its factories.Mr. Cook’s appearance at a facility where Apple devices are made was an illustration of how differently Apple’s new chief relates to an issue that first surfaced under his predecessor, Steven P. Jobs.Since Mr. Cook became chief executive last fall, shortly before the death of Mr. Jobs, Apple has taken a number of significant steps to address concerns about how Apple products are made.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/02/technology/apple-presses-its-suppliers-to-improve-conditions.html

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