ABC's popular late night news program Nightline, will offer viewers an exclusive inside look at the working conditions at one of Foxconn's notorious assembly plants on Tuesday evening. The program promises an "unprecedented" look inside Apple’s Foxconn plants in China, which have been criticized as being sweatshops and labor camps with poor working conditions that treat their employees horribly.
After a ton of negative reports about Foxconn over the last couple of years - which included multiple suicides at various plants in China - Apple responded by saying that it was working with a third-party agency to look into the most recent claims and worker complaints. Responding to a recent New York Times article, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that his company takes worker abuse stories very seriously and cares about the people that work in its supply chain.
Nightline's report will be one of the first times Apple and Foxconn have allowed any news organization on the floor of an assembly plant. The report will show the conditions of half a dozen production lines at factories in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China. While Nightline will have what they call "full access to the plant," they were not given access to Apple CEO Tim Cook or Apple VP Jony Ive. ABC News will also show interviews with Foxconn workers, which should prove to be interesting if they are not being "handled" by the management of these factories.
The Nightline report on Foxconn and Apple will air Tuesday night at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT. Find out more about it here.