The Fair Labor Association on Thursday reported that it found serious violations of Chinese labor laws during its inspections of Foxconn’s electronics manufacturing plants in various cities across China. The inspections, which were prompted by Apple after the company became the focus of renewed public outcry over the poor working conditions in plants that manufacture its iPad, iPhone and other devices, found that safety violations and illegal overtime were among the biggest issues at Focxonn’s facilities. “Apple and Foxconn are obviously the two biggest players in this sector and since they’re teaming up to drive this change, I really do think they set the bar for the rest of the sector,” FLA President Auret van Heerden told Reuters. Foxconn responded by saying it would hire tens of thousands of new workers, take a more proactive role in preventing employees from working illegal overtime and improve safety protocols in its factories.


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