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The human costs of the iPad Mini: chemical smells, unpaid overtime, constant work

Michael Kan | Oct. 25, 2012
As Apple prepares to start selling its new iPad Mini, workers at a Chinese factory that manufactures the product have been enduring chemical fumes, 12-hour work shifts and alleged company mismanagement as they assemble the new device.

On Tuesday, labor protection group Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior released a report criticizing Apple and RiTeng for alleged labor abuses at the factory. Apple and RiTeng could not be reached for comment.

While some workers complained of the conditions, others simply said the RiTeng factory was comparable to others, noting that it was easy to find a job at the facility. A 21-year-old worker, surnamed Jiang, said he's been working the last three months straight without a day off in order to help assemble the new iPad Mini.

"It's alright," Jiang said of the chemical fumes in the factory. "Sometimes they give us a mask."

 

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