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August 18, 2006

Apple Report Shows No Sweatshop at iPod Plant

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Apple has concluded an investigation of working conditions of the Chinese plant that makes iPods for Apple.  The company found that there was no forced labor, though workers exceeded the amount of overtime they worked.  There were no reports of child labor used at the plant as well.  Apple will now enforce overtime limits as a result. 

The study found that the employees of the plant were paid the minimum wage, with more than half earning more than the minimum wage.  Minimum wage in that part of China is about $100 per month.  On that basis it seems that the premium price for an iPod is certainly not based on labor costs.

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