23 Feb '11, 10pm

Workers at Apple supplier poisoned by iPhone screen chemical

SUZHOU -When Apple released its annual review of labour conditions at its global suppliers last week, one startling revelation stood out: 137 workers at a factory in Suzhou in China's eastern Jiansu province had been poisoned by a toxic chemical used in making the signature slick glass screens of the iPhone. Apple, describing it as a "core violation" of worker safety, said that it had ordered the contractor to stop using the chemical n-hexane and to improve safety conditions at the plant. Apple also said that it would monitor the medical conditions of those workers. In interviews last weekend, however, nearly a dozen employees who say they were poisoned by the chemical said they had never heard from anyone at Apple. They said the contractor - a Taiwanese-owned company called Wintek - had pressed them and other affected workers to resign and accept cash settlements that wou...

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