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Tuesday, June 13, 2006 

Poor Chinese Workers that Assemble iPod

Macworld via InmediaHK, a story which came up again and again in today's del.icio.us tag on China. iPod's clean and smart design is no longer cool, now that we know what is involved in the manufacturing process.
"The report claims Longhua's workers live in dormitories that house 100 people, and that visitors from the outside world are not permitted. Workers toil for 15hours a day to make the iconic music player, the report claims. They earn £27 per month. The report reveals that the iPod nano is made in a fivestorey factory (E3) that is secured by police officers.

Another factory in Suzhou, Shanghai, makes iPod shuffles. The workers are housed outside the plant, and earn £54 per month but they must pay for their accommodation and food, "which takes up half their salaries", the report observes.

A security guard told the Mail reporters that the iPod shuffle production lines are staffed by women workers because "they are more honest than male workers".


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