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Report: Illegal overtime on Apple assembly line

Chinese workers assemble Apple products on illegal overtime, independent labor auditor finds By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Workers who assemble iPhones and iPads often put in more than 60 hours per week 'and sometimes work for a week straight' in violation of Chinese law, according to the first independent audit of Chinese factories where Apple products are made.

The report released Thursday by the Washington-based Fair Labor Association says Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the Taiwanese company that runs the factories, now commits to reducing weekly work time to the legal Chinese maximum of 49 hours.

That limit is routinely ignored in China. In fact, the FLA found that most workers at the Hon Hai factories want to work even more overtime. Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, told the FLA that it will raise hourly salaries to compensate workers for the reduced hours.

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