These days, I avoid posting anything that is non-technical in this website. This one is an exception since this is related to Apple, one of the most admired tech companies. Typically, almost all electronic devices are manufactured by ODMs (Original Device Manufacturers) and branded with big names like HP, Apple etc., For example, most laptop computers are manufactured by one of the two Taiwan based companies – Compal and Quanta. (They then get branded as HP, compaq, DELL etc.,) The bigger companies work with the ODMs to arrive at the design, components etc., which are then mass produced.
In the same fashion, Apple sources the iPod players from a company called Foxconn, which is again located in Taiwan. The article at Arstechnica shows the pitiable condition of the workers who manufacture the iPods. If what is claimed by the British daily is true, the labourers get only US$50 as their monthly salary. Yes, monthly salary. The pictures of the factory also show the poor environmental conditions in which they work. To add to their misery, half the salary is paid back to the company to take care of food and stay expenses! Thankfully, tech companies in India are not this bad. For example the new Nokia factory in Chennai is said to be of international class with good facilities and offer good pay packets for employees,