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Apple assembly plant conditions still harsh in China, say activists

Working conditions at Foxconn’s gargantuan Chinese factories that assemble Apple Inc’s slick gadgets have barely improved despite pledges this year to halt labour violations, workers’ rights activists and employees said on Thursday.

Foxconn Technology Group, Apple’s main global contract manufacturer run by Taiwanese tycoon Terry Gou and employing 1.2 million workers in China, has come under fire in recent years for running massive "sweatshops" to mass produce high-end iPads and iPhones.

Last month, Gou defended his firm’s industrial workshops that have helped outmuscle rivals through vast economies of scale and cost savings that have made it the world’s largest contract manufacturer.
 

(Source: CNBC)