More worker abuses uncovered in Apple supply chain
A new investigation by China Labor Watch (CLW) has found that workers making iPhone 6 covers are working up to 77 hours per week in unsafe working conditions.
Researchers have found that at a factory owned and operated by the American manufacturer Jabil Circuit in Wuxi, China, workers are accumulating up to 158 hours of overtime per month (four times in excess of the 36-hour legal limit) and are still unable to earn the average local wage.
CLW’s investigative report, “iExploitation: Apple Supplier Jabil Exploits Workers to Meet iPhone 6 Demands”, details numerous labour violations at Jabil Wuxi, including hiring discrimination aimed at pregnant women and ethnic minorities, hiring fees, a lack of safety training, falsified training documents, unsanitary environment and unsafe working conditions (including production in a building still under construction), excessive mandatory overtime hours, high-pressure labour with shortened break periods, poor living conditions, and dependence on excessive overtime hours to earn a living wage.
The report compares findings from this year with findings from the same factory a year ago. Over this time researchers say that little has changed and conditions may even have worsened.
Jabil workers said to undertake even more overtime, and are now working in unsafe conditions with some working in buildings that are still under construction..
In a statement China Labour watch said that, "With such findings, we must question the credibility of Apple’s code of conduct and its public promises with regards to labour standards. Apple is continually improving its products, but the labour conditions of workers making those products have failed to see any improvement."
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