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Apple products come at a cost: Young, overworked employees are suffering

applelogo042611_optBY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Apple’s financial report for the fourth quarter of 2011 included some eye-popping numbers -- 37 million iPhones were sold, and the company announced more than $46 billion in revenues in that three-month period alone.

But Apple’s incredible success is not without a dark side, which has been chronicled in a scathing on-stage expose of working conditions at a factory in Shenzhen, China, owned by a company called Foxconn, which manufactures and assembles electronics for Apple and other electronics makers.

The Foxconn plant employs about a million people, some of whom are as young as 12-years-old, said performance artist Mike Daisey in his monologue “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” which was featured in a report on CBS News.

Daisey’s show also discussed several events at the plant in 2010, including at least 18 worker suicides and increased pressure to produce to keep up with the increasing demand of iPhones, iPads and other hot devices.

Apple has also been on the hot seat after reports in the New York Times and on Fox News about unsafe working conditions and overcrowding in its factories.

 

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