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Foxconn Technology Group: Progress on factory conditions

Apple’s largest supplier, Foxconn Technology Group, improved conditions at its China factories, the Fair Labor Association said on Aug. 21 in the first report following an audit that had found more than 50 breaches of regulations at three Foxconn plants. Since the audit, Foxconn redesigned equipment deemed dangerous and is working with authorities to get migrant workers access to unemployment insurance. It also reduced overtime to an average of 20 hours per week and has pledged to trim it to the legal weekly maximum of nine hours by July 2013. According to China Labor Watch, however, employees clocking fewer hours must still complete the same amount of work as before.

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