iPhone manufacturer faces labor complaints

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Foxconn said Wednesday there was no change in other payments, so net pay would be “significantly higher.” It noted the monthly base wage was above the government-required minimum of 1,080 yuan ($171).

“Claims that the net pay that workers receive following deduction of subsidies has reduced is inaccurate,” the statement said.

Another manufacturer, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., was accused by China Labor Watch last week of mistreating employees in China and illegally using child labor.

The group said an investigation of six Samsung-owned factories and two suppliers in China found some employees worked more than 100 hours of overtime per month. It said safety measures such as providing workers with protective clothing were not followed.

Samsung said it would review working conditions and acknowledged some problems may have arisen due to production demands.

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Foxconn Technology Group: www.foxconn.com

China Labor Watch: www.chinalaborwatch.org

Fair Labor Association: www.fairlabor.org

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