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Apple responds to reports claiming long working hours and low pay at Apple iPhone 5C factory

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Apple responds to reports claiming long working hours and low pay at Apple iPhone 5C factory
A recent report about working conditions at a Chinese factory where the Apple iPhone 5C is produced, reflects poorly on the Cupertino based tech giant.  According to the report from China Labor Watch, the group in the country that stands up for worker's rights, those assembling the Apple iPhone 5C are working on their feet 11.5 hours a day. The watchdog agency has a laundry list of problems at a plant in Wuxi, China that is owned by U.S. tech corporation Jabil Circuits.

Other infractions include a discrimination against hiring those in the 18-35 year old bracket and against those wearing a tattoo. Training is only two hours with very little information on safety issues, leading workers to wear safety equipment incorrectly. Workers are forced to be on the line for 11 hours of unpaid overtime monthly. And in order to meet high production quotas for the Apple iPhone 5C, Jabil's own Standard Operating Procedures are ignored and overlooked. The workers, who make $245 monthly, are living in dirty, crowded dorm rooms according to the report. If you want to read the entire list of infractions, click on the sourcelink.

"Employees at Jabil are among the 1 million workers in Apple's supply chain whose working hours we track each week and report on our website. Year to date, Jabil Wuxi has performed above our 92% average for compliance with Apple's 60-hour per week limit. An audit completed earlier this year did find that some employees had worked more than six consecutive days without a day of rest, and Jabil has been working with our team to better manage overtime...We are proud of the work we do with our suppliers to improve conditions for workers. Our program goes far beyond monitoring by ensuring corrective actions where they are needed and aggressively enforcing our supplier code of conduct wherever Apple products are made. We believe in transparency and accountability, both for our suppliers and ourselves."-Apple

Apple has responded to the charges by stating that it has audited the plant 14 times since 2008, 3 times in the last 3 years, and has found the factory to be largely compliant with Apple's standards. Apple's own web site includes a chart showing its supplier's compliance with a 60 hour work week. As of June, Apple's suppliers were averaging a 99% compliance rate.

As of June, Apple's suppliers averaged a 99% compliance rate for a 60 hour work week

As of June, Apple's suppliers averaged a 99% compliance rate for a 60 hour work week


source: ChinaLaborWatch.org via BusinessInsider

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posted on 06 Sep 2013, 01:10 20

1. mayur007 (Posts: 355; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


The only thing they care about is there profit .. n nothing else..
Rotten apple...

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 03:09 9

7. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)


China labour report also found the same thing happend on Samsung !

Samsung's Supplier Factory Exploiting Child Labor
http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/pro/proshow-175.html

An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in China
http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/pro/proshow-177.html

1.BAN SAMSUNG TOO! Dont buy theri products
2.Lets this ROTTEN samsung learn a lesson!
3.Overpriced Samsung made much profit from slavery!!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 07:02 1

19. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 845; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


They are both equally wrong and forced to pay compensation as well as forced to change their ways. Only then will they finally learn their lesson.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:36 2

18. LumiaLover (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Yeah sure, because Apple are the only company who care about their profits? Grow up!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 09:26

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6100; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


and now they are cutting back their pay check. This SHOWS u how GREEDY the BIG FRUIT gets when it comes too PROFITS. I Hope people will realize this and hope they stop buying their products so the GREEDY FRUIT company stocks will fail

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 09:43 1

24. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You're not very smart are you? Name one company that doesn't care about profits.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 01:34 9

2. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


...lets learn apple a lesson...DONT BUY APPLE PRODUCTS!!!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 05:01 10

13. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


warning!!!!cancerous english ahead

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 01:53 8

3. taikucing (unregistered)


That's one of Apple's many ways of getting much profits beside selling overpriced sh*tty phone. It's called slavery.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 02:02 10

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2277; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Overpriced iCraps...... That's why people hate Apple because of such things, patents and arrogancy...
And that's why most people don't think about their innovations and products.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 02:49 3

5. mottykels (Posts: 364; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Wtf! APPLE!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 03:05

6. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)


China labour report also found the same thing happend on Samsung !

Samsung's Supplier Factory Exploiting Child Labor
http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/pro/proshow-175.html

An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in China
http://www.chinalaborwatch.org/pro/proshow-177.html

1.BAN SAMSUNG TOO! Dont buy theri products
2.Lets this ROTTEN samsung learn a lesson!
3.Overpriced Samsung made much profit from slavery!!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 03:22 1

8. mr.techdude (Posts: 532; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Ummmmm hi

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 03:27 5

9. Akfred (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


WTF only $245 and I have to work from morning till next
Morning. That's total crap from an icrap company. Yet
idevice is sold for $850 . That's sh****t

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:35

17. LumiaLover (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


You may as well walk around naked then dude, because all of your clothes and shoes have been made in a sweatshop in the Far East. Get over it and stop blaming Apple!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 07:28 2

20. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


All my clothes are made in the US from North American-sourced textiles and recycled material. A little bit of research and effort. Prices are competitive too, sometimes cheaper.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 08:34

22. Ninetysix (Posts: 1321; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Where are you gadgets made? What about your computer parts? How does it feel like knowing that you supported Chinese labor?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 14:34

27. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


some computer parts are made in the US, and now we have a phone that's made in the US (moto x).

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 03:35 3

10. robinlim85 (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2013)


can't believe there are people here still believe everything they see online,
dumbass people who read like an android

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 03:55 2

11. kaira (Posts: 26; Member since: 12 May 2013)


In a solidarity with any good company, that treat with great respect its employees, I shall use their services. Whether iPhone is good or bad, I'll never use it, when there are casualties which are people who are manufacturing the god darn phone. Has HUMAN life degraded just for profits??? Although I'm an HTC One owner, I'm yet to hear about working conditions regarding HTC... I so wish HTC is not doing the same! F*ck!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:22 2

14. robinlim85 (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2013)


u hav yet to hear about HTC working condition because its not big or popular enough to make people interested about it

Taiwan and japanese company has been notorious in torturing their oversea employee, even in malaysia,i worked there before

to hate a company based on just tiny part of the story makes people like you looks like a toad living in a tiny well

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:32

16. LumiaLover (Posts: 160; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Oh come on.....what's the matter with you. The whole world is fuelled by greed. Apple are no different to any other massive corporation. Are you gonna stop putting fuel in your car? Are you gonna stop buying coffee, bananas etc.. I'm not sure what % of the world's products are produced in China, but I wouldn't mind betting it's the vast majority and the conditions will be no different in any of the factories. The same with India, Malaysia, Taiwan. The clothes on your back will almost certainly have been made in the far east...are you gonna walk around naked?

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 04:10 1

12. tedkord (Posts: 4232; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This is just China. Any electronics exported from there are going to be assembled by low paid, overworked people (and children). All major electronics companies are guilty of worrying about the bottom line first, not the plight of foreign workers half a world away.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 06:26 3

15. Sauce (unregistered)


So much ignorance lol. I guess most people think Samsungs, HTC's, and etc. phones are being manufactured opposite of what they just read. Chinese labor isn't news. Corporations have been exploiting that for years; including most phone companies.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 08:04 2

21. -box- (Posts: 3699; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


What makes this most sickening is that apple, as one of the most profitable companies in the world with over a HUNDRED BILLION in offshore accounts REFUSES to fix it, when they above almost all others can actually DO something about it!

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 11:24

25. Veritas_Aurora (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


That's how the Chinese local government boost their economy profit and, think about it, that's exactly what the world 2nd largest economy body doing right now.

posted on 06 Sep 2013, 13:15

26. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 119; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


BREAKING NEWS!!! Steve Jobs' response to these malicious falsehoods: "Those happy (indentured) servants have nothing to complain about! The conditions at the APPLE GULAGS are waaaaaaay better than here in HELL!"

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