Apple's China contractor, Foxconn, under comes fire in independent labor group's audit

**FILE** A worker looks out through the logo at the entrance of the Foxconn complex in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen Thursday, May 27, 2010. A young man became the 10th worker to jump to his death at a Foxconn Technology Group factory in the city, just hours after the company's chairman toured the plant that makes iPods and other top-selling gadgets, state-run media said. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

March 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Foxconn, the contractor that makes the Apple iPhone and iPad in China, worked employees in excess of 60 hours a week and more than seven days in a row without time off. The legal limit on work hours in China is 49 hours, including overtime.

Those details and more were released this afternoon by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) based in Washington, D.C., of which Apple is a member. Apple agreed earlier this year to participate in an audit of its factories to monitor working conditions, pay, and safety issues. FLA conducted surveys at three Foxconn factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China during February and March.

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