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Apple subjects Foxconn, partners to labour scrutiny

Apple said on Monday that a US non-profit labour group has begun an "unprecedented" inspection of working conditions at its main contract manufacturers, including Foxconn’s plants in southern China, as the maker of the iPhone continues to grapple with persistent image problems there.

"The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

The world’s most valuable technology corporation had agreed to let the Washington-based Fair Labour Association monitor conditions at the factories of its suppliers, hoping to counter criticism that it was glossing over problems at these facilities.

(Source: CNBC)