Apple Manufacturing Plant Workers Complain of Long Hours, Militant Culture

The iPad maker continues to face investigations into and criticisms of working conditions at Chinese factories run by supplier Foxconn.

CNN: Adding to the growing wave of criticism about conditions in Chinese factories that produce Apple products, CNN has interviewed a Foxconn employee who works on the iPad line. Speaking under a pseudonym, "Miss Chenn" said, "Foxconn employees have a saying, 'they use women as men and men as machines.'" Chenn said that she was enticed to work for Foxconn with promises of great benefits and little overtime. But when she went to work there, she found that only senior employees received the good benefits and frequent overtime was required.

"It's so boring, I can't bear it anymore. Everyday is like: I get off from work and I go to bed. I get up in the morning, and I go to work. It is my daily routine and I almost feel like an animal," said Ms. Chen, who applies 4,000 stickers to iPad screens every day.

In response to the story, Apple said, "We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever Apple products are made. Our suppliers must live up to these requirements if they want to keep doing business with Apple."

Tags: China, Apple, Foxconn

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