Investigators from the Fair Labor Association who are checking working conditions at Foxconn Technology factories, as well as seven other Chinese companies in Apple's supply chain, report that everything seems in good order at first glance.
As Reuters reports, quoting the president of the FLA, Auret van Heerden, "the facilities are first-class; the physical conditions are way, way above average of the norm."
There was widespread indignation after an investigative reporter exposed slave like working conditions, under aged employees, work-related injuries, and even death due to exhaustion after long shifts.
In addition, the disturbing report pointed out that many workers had committed suicide due to the oppressive working environment. The issue of work-related suicides in China is not at all new, as human rights organisations have been making us aware of the apparent problems for almost two decades.
On this matter, van Heerden who visited Foxconn as a priority, suggested that the suicides may have a different cause, other than poor physical conditions. "It's more a function of monotony, of boredom, of alienation perhaps," he speculates.
However, the investigation is going to continue to check the working conditions of 200,000 employees from the two Foxconn factories. In the following three weeks, 35,000 workers will be asked to take a survey, and the results will then be more conclusive.