Apple and Foxconn broke Chinese labor law says advocacy group

Apple and Foxconn broke Chinese labor law says advocacy group
Apple designs many of its products in California and has them manufactured by contract manufacturers in China and other countries. Today, Bloomberg reports that both Apple and Foxconn, the largest manufacturer of iPhone units, have been accused by advocacy group China Labor Watch (CLW) of violating Chinese labor law. Using undercover investigators who worked at Foxconn's factory in Zhengzhou, CLW discovered that temporary workers made up half of the workforce last month. Under Chinese labor law, these so-called dispatch workers are not supposed to make up more than 10% of the workforce. Apple agreed with the findings and said that it is working with Foxconn to resolve the issue. It should be noted that Foxconn annually hires a large number of temporary workers to bump up the production of the iPhone during certain times of the year, including the holiday shopping season.

CLW noted that the number of temporary workers last year made up 55% of those who worked in Foxconn's factories and again, 50% last month. But a large number of these workers were student interns who returned to school at the end of last month bringing the number of dispatch workers down to 30%. While that figure is lower, it still violates the law. Besides the overuse of temporary workers, Foxconn also discovered the number of overtime hours worked by employees was "not consistent with company guidelines." The contract manufacturer added that it will keep a close eye on the situation and "will not hesitate to take any additional steps that might be required to meet the high standards we set for our operations."

Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant aims to produce 12,000 iPhones during each shift


The Zhengzhou plant has a goal of producing 12,000 iPhone units per shift, according to CLW. But 2018's iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were more complicated to build than the previous year's iPhone X. As a result, CLW said that Foxconn needed more assembly workers to build those models. The new 2019 iPhones should be unveiled tomorrow, September 10th. Pre-orders are expected to start on September 13th with the official launch taking place on September 20th.



In 2017, after discovering that Foxconn had illegally had high school students working overtime to manufacture the iPhone X, Apple sent a team to visit Foxconn to make sure that its partner was adhering to proper standards. The dispatch workers do not receive the same benefits that full-time workers do including sick leave, paid vacations, medical insurance, unemployment insurance, and a pension. In addition, they are not paid by Foxconn; instead, third-party firms pay the salaries of the dispatch workers. After a three-month period, these temporary employees can become full-time factory workers.

Using too many dispatch workers is a serious matter in China as Foxconn's recent response to another CLW investigation proves. Last month, the company axed two executives who were heading up a factory that was turning out Amazon's Echo smart speakers. This plant, located in Hengyang, used too many dispatch and student interns. Some of the latter workers also worked overtime and evenings.

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8 Comments

1. Kloak

Posts: 82; Member since: May 27, 2018

I hope leo stops buying iPhones since he said he wouldn't buy a product made by exploited workers.

2. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Good luck with that, he'll find an excuse

6. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

You were right, he found one

8. Kloak

Posts: 82; Member since: May 27, 2018

We all know that, its fun though to see what excuse he will come up with.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, if it came out tomorrow that iPhones were built from the bones of orphans, he'd be here immediately for praising Apple for recycling. And claiming there's no notch.

4. Alcyone

Posts: 474; Member since: May 10, 2018

Explortation of dispatch workers is what that is. Working as a regular hire and receiving less compensation is explortation. Try working full time and wirh no compensation other than the part time pay, and tell me thats fair. And this is yet again a situation that could've been avoided. Just another visit, amongest others that will "fix" the problem. That is until the next avoidable situation happens.

7. Kloak

Posts: 82; Member since: May 27, 2018

Exactly, not the first time this kind of thing happen, and pretty sure it wont be the last.

10. gadgetpower

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Apple is innocent .

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