Apple caught in new workers rights scandal
The US based rights group, Chinese Labour Watch (CLW), today accused technology giant Apple of at least 86 instances of worker rights violations within three Chinese supplier factories.
The factories, all owned by the Pegatron Group, assemble iPads and iPhones.
Li Qiang, executive director of China Labour Watch, claimed that "our investigations have shown that labour conditions at Pegatron factories are even worse than those at Foxconn factories".
According to CLW, “three factories of Pegatron violated a great number of international and Chinese laws and standards, as well as Apple's own social responsibility code of conduct”.
The violations include under-age labour, contract violations, excessive working hours, insufficient wages, poor working conditions, poor living conditions, difficulty in taking leave, abuse by management and environmental pollution.
In one example average working weeks were reported to be 66, 67 and 69 hours within the three factories under investigation.
Campaigners alleged that in "Pegatron Shanghai, our investigation uncovered that workers were forced to sign forms indicating that their overtime hours were less than the actual levels".
"Conditions at these factories are so poor that most workers refuse to continue working for long."
It claimed that 30 of the 110 new recruits at one of the factories had left within a period of two weeks.
Apple stated that it was 'committed to providing safe and fair working conditions throughout its supply chain', and yet the company continued to source from Pegatron factories despite labour issues being raised several months ago.
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