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Apple report cites labor violations

Apple Inc., for the first time, admitted poisoning cases at a Chinese factory.

Apple Inc., for the first time, admitted poisoning cases at a Chinese factory.
In its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report released on Feb. 15, Apple Inc. acknowledged hazardous working environments and labor violations by its Chinese suppliers, according to stories in the Beijing Morning Post and the Guardian. 据《北京晨报》和英国《卫报》的报道,苹果公司在2月15日发布的年度《供应商责任进展报告》中承认了其中国供应商恶劣的工作环境和违反劳动法的行为。
The American giant, for the first time, admitted poisoning cases at a Chinese factory and said: "In 2010, we learned that 137 workers at the Suzhou facility of Wintek, one of Apple's suppliers, had suffered adverse health effects following exposure to n-hexane." Apple required Wintek to "to stop using n-hexane" and "fix their ventilation system." Wintek had "paid medical treatment, meals and compensation for sick or recuperating workers," and majority of affected workers had returned to work, the report said. But Jia Jingchuan, a worker at Wintek, disputed this and told the Beijing Morning Post that he and some other workers were pressured to quit if they wanted to receive any medical compensation. 该美国巨头首次承认了一家中国工厂工人中毒案例,表示:“2010年,我们了解到,在苹果公司供应商胜华科技苏州工厂,有137名工人因暴露于正己烷环境,健康遭受不利影响。”苹果公司要求胜华科技“停止使用正已烷”,并“修理通风系统”。报告称,胜华科技“向生病和康复中的工人支付了医药费、餐费,补发了工资”,大部分受影响的工人已经复岗。但是,胜华科技的工人贾景川提出异议,向《北京晨报》表示,他和其他一些工人如想得到医疗赔偿就得离职。
Meanwhile, Apple found more than 91 children working for its suppliers last year, nine times as many as the previous year. It ordered most to pay the children's education costs and fired one contractor that employed 42 minors.



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