Apple: Only 1% of factory workers building our devices was overworked in January

Apple: Only 1% of factory workers building our devices was overworked in January
Apple has recently updated the Supplier Work-Hour Compliance chart on its website. This chart shows the percentage of supplier's factory workers assembling Apple devices, that are working no more than 60 hours a week. Starting with 500,000 employees in January 2012, the chart now covers 1,000,000 employees. The update shows that in January 2013, 99% of workers experienced a work week of 60 hours or less. This comes after readings of 87% seen in September and November 2012, months when Apple iPhone 5 production was rising to meet demand for the launch and for the holidays.

On average, Apple says that 92% of factory workers assembling Apple products are working 60 hours a week or less with the average worker punching a time card for less than 50 hours weekly. Producing the chart was a simple response to the problem of excessive overtime, but it seemed to work, according to Apple. The Cupertino based tech giant has a Supplier Code of Conduct that says that employees must be limited to 60 hour work weeks except in "unusual circumstances" (like when demand for a certain device is high?), and all overtime must be voluntary.

Besides keeping workers toiling for less than 60 hours a week, Apple says it has been stringent with suppliers to prevent underage workers from entering the factories. In its latest report, Apple says, "In 2012, we found no cases of underage labor at any of our final assembly suppliers." In one case, Apple found out that a specific labor agency was providing underage workers to a factory that Apple stopped doing business with due to its underage employees. Apple reported this to the provincial government which suspended the agency's license and fined it.

source: Apple via TUAW
 

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21 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Happens when there's less demand for your products.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Demand for Apple is very high.

14. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

And your continued DENIAL is astronomical...

17. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Nailed it man! demand is falling...soon Apple will be a company known for having the best work environment with the most underworked labor :) COZ no one's gonna buy outdated stuff anymore!

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Demand for phone is tooooo high but for parts it has cut down by 50% :)

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple/foxxcon should he ashamed of themselves for over working these people. Full hours should be 40hr per week. They probably didnt pay them for the over time hours they work for. Cruelty too those people is a crime against humanity

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You know Samsung was guilty of the same thing right? Apple has nothing to do with what goes on with Foxconn.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Apple has nothing to do with what goes on with Foxconn." Apple even not manufacture things in Foxconn, right? (sarcasm) :D If Apple has nothing to do with what goes on Foxconn then why Apple writes articles about work in Foxconn?

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

that happens here in the U.S and is one of the richest countries so of course it happens around the world..

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that Apple differently understands meaning of overwork, while other may think that it is overwork, Apple may think that it is not overwork.

4. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

yeah sure

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Hmmmm I would consider 60 hours a week 'overworked'.

6. asianface

Posts: 12; Member since: May 27, 2011

I would do the same, but it is a different country so 40 hrs work week doesn't apply to them. However, 60 hour work week is still very tiring if you ever had to work that long... Worst for me was 110 hrs a week during a big project deadline... it was bad...

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Also we should not forget that it is not only about hours, it is also about work specific.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

For example 1 hour of difficult and laborious work may be harder than 3 hours of not so difficult and laborious work. So it also should be not only about work time but also about work specific.

13. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Also 1% of the work force could also be quite a considerable number considering the staff levels an turnover of staff.

11. nickm1983

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

1% percent is still too much. Does anyone know a decent smartphone company that employs responsible labor practices though? I bet there isn't one.

16. Aeires unregistered

60 hours was probably that sweet spot where all the stats fell into place to make the situation look great. Too bad just about everyone knows 60 hours a week is too much and this is still a sad situation that needs to be corrected.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy, galitto why even bother arguing with these kids? Post and move on, apples doing great

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Mxy, galitto and darkkjedii, the 'Three Apple Stooges'!! LOL!!

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We know what top notch is...that's all.

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