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ABC’s Foxconn iFactory special [Video]. ‘We didn’t find any egregious violations’

Update: ABC has the full video up here (Flash, US only).  Also available on the ABC App.

As a preview: It does not look like ABC found anything too damaging. You can hear anchor Bill Weir say at 3:40:

“Although we didn’t find any egregious violations, if the Fair Labor Association finds any violations, we’ll report those going forward.”

Another set of YouTube videos and some factoids from the show are below:

The Verge updated with some interesting facts:

Here is the rest of what we learned:

  • It takes 141 steps to make an iPhone, and the devices are essentially all handmade.
  • It takes 5 days and 325 hands to make a single iPad.
  • Foxconn produces 300k iPad camera modules per day.
  • Foxconn workers pay for their own food — about $.70 per meal, and work 12-hour shifts.
  • Workers who live in the dorms sleep six to eight a room, and pay $17.50 a month to do so.
  • Workers make $1.78 an hour
  • New employees at Foxconn undergo three days of training and “team building” exercises before they begin.
  • The FLA (which Apple brought in to audit Foxconn) is interested in whether workers will look up at visitors in a factory — if they will be “willing to look at curiosities.”
  • Apple paid $250,000 to join the FLA, and is paying for its audit.
  • Louis Woo, when asked if he would accept Apple demanding double pay for employees replied: “Why not?”

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