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Apple, Foxconn vow wide revamp of worker conditions

thenakedemperor Wrote: Apr 04, 2012 8:47 PM
Apple’s China Solution: How to pocket $400,000 off the sweat of every employee.

By Poornima Gupta and Edwin Chan

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In a landmark development for the way Western companies do business in China, Apple Inc said Thursday it had agreed to work with partner Foxconn to substantially improve wages and working conditions at the factories that produce its wildly popular products.

Foxconn - which makes Apple devices from the iPhone to the iPad - will hire tens of thousands of new workers, clamp down on illegal overtime, improve safety protocols and upgrade worker housing and other amenities.

The moves came in response to one of the largest investigations ever conducted...