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Apple China conditions not so bad, exec says

Apple’s working conditions in China are improving, and were never as bad as media reports suggested, according to senior executive Jeff Williams.

"I couldn’t be prouder of the work the team is doing making sure people who work there are treated fairly," Williams, a senior vice president, said Wednesday in an on-stage interview at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. "People are continuously getting paid more. Every year sales are increasing. We pay more than average rates in the area."

Williams said that Apple’s investigation of suicides over the years at facilities run by Foxconn, its outside manufacturer, indicated that they weren’t related to working conditions. Furthermore, he said there weren’t that many on a relative basis. When suicide rates were at their highest, they were lower than at any point in the US.

(Source: CNBC)