Yet again, an Apple supplier has been accused of providing poor working conditions to their workers in their Chinese factories, according to the nonprofit China Labor Watch (CLW), based in New York.
The report claims Pegatron breached Chinese regulations related to workplace safety and environment, withholding of worker’s pays and identifications cards, and providing below par living conditions.
According to CLW,
The Pegatron factories are violating a great number of international and Chinese laws and standards as well as the standards of Apple’s own social responsibility code of conduct.
According to the report, the company has been withholding ID cards of the workers which makes them unable to work anywhere else. They also allegedly offer poor living standards, jam-packed cafeterias, tight living quarters, a 30 minute wait to enter the production facility, cold showers, and packed dorms. China Labor Watch also claims the workers have been working over 60 hours a week, while Apple’s policies state that workers should work 46 hours per week.
Apple has also responded to the recent claims, saying they have performed 15 audits of Pegatron facilities—with some of them being surprise audits—in the past 18 months. According to Apple:
[We are] committed to providing safe and fair working conditions throughout our supply chain. We lead the industry with far-reaching and specialized audits, the most transparent reporting and educational programs that enrich the lives of workers who make our products. Apple is the first and only technology company to be admitted to the Fair Labor Association, and we are dedicated to protecting every worker in our supply chain.
In addition to poor working conditions, it has also been revealed the company was dumping metal-fluids into the sewer systems. The Shanghai factory was finedin February after they polluted the local river with motor oil and cutting fluid.
Apple has been expanding its supply chain away from Foxconn. As a result the company was also on a hiring spree a few months back to work on their upcoming releases. These devices are expected to hit the markets this fall, most probably in the September-October timeframe.