Growing attention has been focused in recent weeks on Foxconn, the Chinese firm that makes a number of Apple’s products, as well as gadgets from a wide range of other consumer electronics firms. CNN interviewed someone who works a 60-hour week in one of Foxconn’s iPad factories, who provided this soundbite: “Foxconn employees have a saying, ‘they use women as men and men as machines’.” The report follows a separate article in the New York Times investigating conditions at Foxconn’s plants. The criticism is clearly stinging, for Apple has provided a public response to the CNN piece. “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.”

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