The much-anticipated launch of the iPad has been overshadowed by the ‘inhumane’ conditions at Chinese factories where it is being built. The makers Apple have been embarrassed by 11 suicide attempts at the Foxcom factory in the southern boom city of Shenzhen. The vast factory employs 300,000 who earn 30p an hour. The workers can work up to 15 hours a day in heat of 30C, breaking the 12 hour a day, or 60 hour week, rule stipulated by Apple. Nine workers have died and two seriously injured, they were all young people under the age of 25 with others attempting to take their own lives, in reaction to the long hours and strict discipline. WFTS comments – that is not right – the UN’s ILO agency, which so successfully campaigned for the exploitative conditions surrounding football equipment need to show a red card to this practice!