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

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.


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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27 Comments

1. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

7. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

China labour report also found the same thing happend on Samsung ! Samsung's Supplier Factory Exploiting Child Laborhttp://www.chinalaborwatch.org/pro/proshow-175.html An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in Chinahttp://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!!

19. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

18. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

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

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

24. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

2. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

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

13. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

warning!!!!cancerous english ahead

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.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Wtf! APPLE!

6. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

China labour report also found the same thing happend on Samsung ! Samsung's Supplier Factory Exploiting Child Laborhttp://www.chinalaborwatch.org/pro/proshow-175.html An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in Chinahttp://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!!

8. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Ummmmm hi

9. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 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

17. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 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!

20. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

22. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

10. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

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

11. kaira

Posts: 26; Member since: May 12, 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!

14. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 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

16. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 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?

12. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

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.

21. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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!

25. Veritas_Aurora

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

26. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 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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