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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.


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

source: ChinaLaborWatch.org via BusinessInsider

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