Apple sends audit teams to review working conditions at Pegatron after latest report

Apple sends audit teams to review working conditions at Pegatron after latest report
Foxconn's CEO Terry Gou must feel like he's dodged a bullet, after labor conditions scrutiny all of a sudden shifted to Apple's other major assembler, Pegatron, which is in charge of putting together products like the iPad mini and the budget iPhone that's coming later in the year, but Macs as well.

The non-profit China Labor Watch organization has tagged Pegatron for inhumane working conditions in factories it operates. The watchdog group found out negligence on part of management for how workers are compensated, resulting in the vicious spiral of more and more extra hours clocked in.

The observers noted employees logging a 66 to 69 hours workweek in the largest Pegatron facilities, whereas Apple has set strict guidelines of no more than 60 hours for its assemblers, plus the overtime has to be voluntary on the worker's part.

The team from Cupertino reacted immediately to the report, and sent audit teams to review the working conditions in those Pegatron factories with the statement that Apple "is committed to providing safe and fair working conditions throughout our supply chain.... [This] report contains claims that are new to us and we will investigate them immediately ... If our audits find that workers have been underpaid or denied compensation for any time they've worked, we will require that Pegatron reimburse them in full," said Apple's spokesperson in Bejing.

source: CNNMoney

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21 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, audit properly.

2. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

Of course, once the auditors are there they surely will make everything look like everything is fine. Dumb Apple!

12. ZeroCide

Posts: 806; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Of course they will. heres how it may go Step 1: set time for Apple to visit. Step 2: Clean factory. Step 3: Tell All empoyees they must pretend to be happy or they will be fired Step 4: Hide working kids and elderly during scheduled visit. Step 5: ??????? Step 6: Profit!

21. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

you can repeat that again brother.. hahahaha.. dumb apple.. really dumb..

3. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Problem with auditors is they never look hard enough. The amount of audits that the company where i work has passed, because they have "swept the dirt under rug" is un-believable. Every company has secrets

4. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Even with guidelines, constant 60 hour work weeks are still brutal for assembly positions. I sometimes work 70+ hrs. But it is never consistent. I value a rest period. John B.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I drive county transit here in Las Vegas, and we're constantly forced to work overtime, it's in our CBA. I hate it, but OT happens. We routinely get 30-50 OT hrs a week. Makes for a very nice check though.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The problem is their OT may not be paid, their basic salary has already been delayed. Apple should do the right thing to move part of their production back to the states, There are transport saving and a large US market.

6. zennacko unregistered

They work 70+ hours per week so you average Apple fan can stay 70+ hours in front of the Apple Store waiting to be among the first ones to get the brand spanking new iDevices of your choice that those poor chinese guys made just for you! Sarcasm aside, it's just sad how they push they workers to their limit, and ask for a 70% "overclock" on their jobs :(

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

After reading the highly intelligent second part of your post. What was the point of the first part?

8. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

He wanted to point out that it is ironic how people spend so much money for an idevice where a worker outside US that assembled it can not even afford it - and is forced to work harder and harder in order to bring "fruits" to Cuppertino...the most painfull thing is how apple sets skyhigh prices and earn that much money on single idevice....rubbery!!!

9. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

because only apple are guilty of this right love the selective view people on here have, never pointing out gainst others, just against the devil that is apple....the worst evil to be seen on this planet sarcasm throughout if you didnt already know

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly bro. They only notice apple, and turn a blind eye to everyone else.

11. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

You dont see the point - not Apple only, you can find Made in China everywhere - it doesnt mean what comes from China is bad, they can also produce very good quality products - iPhone might be the evidence. But in regard of content of this portal - phones, i mean all other big players, if SAMM, HTC or SONY...they also produce in China, Taiwan - people also working cheap for them, but more of the profit goes home...to China or Taiwan, Korea... ...i wrote, that people work cheap for Apple factories, all the SkyHigh profit goes to US mainly - so go Americans, make your own iPhone and be proud owner of the iPRODUCT. How many of you would work the same way as they do? But thats the way it works - not only in phoneindustry. I dont mean to p**s you off guys from US, but sometimes it is very strange to read offensive comments just because of a st***d "phone" that just makes calls...if it is samm or apple... ...so darkkjedii - am i the first jackass according your techie mind?

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No not at all, but a mind as obviously intelligent as yours should handle this topic from a broad base. I'd like you to come on this site more often, it's a refreshing change from the normal idiocy, that infests Phonearena.

14. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

i like your comments very very much..."bro"

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thank you

15. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Former Apple boss Steve Job's reaction to this latest news: "...Well, they should be GRATEFUL! The conditions there in China are way better than here in HELL!"

17. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Boycott apple until they fix it, force them to move ALL production to its home country, or put them out of business. Nothing against production in China if the working standards meet international standards, or, better, OSHA standards.

18. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Supposed to say "not", rather than "nothing"^

20. Mr-Robert

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

Very true. They should be kicked out from China for paying so low to workers!

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