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Foxconn, Apple agree to improve worker conditions

Mar 30, 2012
Foxconn says it'll hike pay and limit work hours after an investigation found the firm was regularly violating labor rules.
Posted In: China, Foxconn, apple

FLA's Foxconn report uncovers labor violations

Mar 29, 2012
Auret van Heerden, president of the Fair Labor Association, discusses working conditions at Foxconn's factories and the fixes that Apple and Foxconn are promising.
Posted In: China, Foxconn, apple

Daisey lied, but factory working conditions in China still lag

Mar 19, 2012
Mike Daisey made up the details of his first-hand account of dismal working conditions at Apple factories in China for his stage play and the radio program This American Life. But for workers in China, the issues are real.
Posted In: mike daisey, apple, Foxconn, this american life

Rob Schmitz confronts Mike Daisey on This American Life's 'Retraction'

Sometimes being a good reporter is as easy as Googling it.

That's all it took for Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz to unravel a web of lies told by monologist Mike Daisey in his stage performance "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," which was later adapted for radio by This American Life, and downloaded nearly a million times on the Internet.

On Friday, Marketplace published Schmitz's investigative report debunking Daisey's story after finding his Chinese translator: "I could pretend finding her took amazing detective work," he says. "But basically, I just typed 'Cathy and translator and Shenzhen' into Google."

Listen to the complete episode of This American Life.

Mar 19, 2012

An acclaimed Apple critic made up the details

Mar 16, 2012
The monologist Mike Daisey’s account of Chinese factory conditions in “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” made people think differently about their iPhones and iPads. But after an adaptation aired on This American Life, reaching China, an investigation there of his allegations found they were fabricated. Given other news reports on the conditions, will that matter?
Posted In: apple, Foxconn, iPhone, factory, workers

Foxconn reform may lead to more changes in China

Feb 20, 2012
Electronics manufacturer Foxconn is taking steps to improve worker salaries and conditions after increasing international pressure to do so.
Posted In: technology, consumer electronics, Foxconn, China

Foxconn agrees to raise worker wages

Feb 20, 2012
The Taiwan-based manufacturer will also cut down on excessive overtime. What will this mean for its purchasers -- like Apple -- and consumers?
Posted In: Foxconn, labor, China

Apple's China supply chain exposed

Jan 26, 2012
The New York Times' Charles Duhigg discusses the harsh working conditions at Apple's manufacturers in China, and what can be done to enact change.
Posted In: apple, China, manufacturing

How Apple makes its profit

Jan 25, 2012
Apple's formula is classic: Buy low, sell high -- over and over and over.
Posted In: apple

Chinese laborers take drastic measures for a raise

Jan 11, 2012
Workers at a Foxconn factory that makes iPhones all threatened to jump from the top of the building if they didn't get a raise. But these aren't the only workers protesting work conditions and pay in the country.
Posted In: China, minimum wage, Foxconn