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Apple has banned "bonded servitude", which means it won't let its supplier factories make their new hires work for free to pay for the costs of hiring them. Good! Also: Why the hell is this just happening now?
The internet keeps a close eye on what companies like Apple, Samsung and Sony import out of Southeast Asia, since those components hint at products coming down the pipeline. The US Department of Labor keeps a close watch too, but for a very different reason: uncovering "modern-day slavery" by the factories that make electronics.
It's bad enough when overworked Chinese adults are killing themselves and rioting because of our Apple lust — adding kids under 16 is just awful. But Apple says it's cutting these industrious, exploited kiddos out of the supply chain.
Another report from a Chinese labour watchdog suggests that reports of underage and abused employees in the gadget manufacturing industry only scratched the surface.
Last month, a Chinese labour watchdog pointed the finger at Samsung for employing and abusing underage workers in its factories. Samsung has since conducted an audit and found no evidence of underage workers — but it does have plenty of other problems to worry about.
The Wall Street Journal reports that working conditions are getting better at the embattled Foxconn manufacturing facility where 150,000 Chinese workers assemble iPhones and iPads for the rest of the world. According to the report, wages have risen by 16 per cent, and the probation period before entry-level workers become permanent has been reduced from six months to three months.