Apple building its iPod popularity on the backs of its abused labor force.

The BBC reports that despite Apple’s alleged zero tolerance policy for any instance, isolated or not, of any treatment of workers that could be interpreted as harsh, Apple has been found to support workers:

  • working more than six consecutive days 25% of the time,
  • working more than 60 hours a week a third of the time,
  • and suffering two instances of staff being made to stand to attention as a form of disciplinary punishment

I’d say at least two instances because Apple’s report was not independently verified.

I’ve covered why supporting Apple is a problem for the progressive Left. Apparently I was wrong when I said

If Apple’s workers are treated unethically, we can rally against their products […]

Will progressive Leftists care how Apple’s workers are treated?

Apple says the workload was excessive and will return to a normal 60-hour work week.