Labor violations uncovered in Apple's supply chain

Labor violations uncovered in Apple's supply chain
After uncovering evidence of labor law violations in Samsung's supply chain, New York-based watchdog China Labor Watch, together with Green America, has now published a report, citing forced overtime, fire and safety risks, poor compensation, and exposure to toxic chemicals at a factory in Apple's supply chain.

The facility in question is located in Suqian, China and is owned by Taiwan-based Catcher Technology. The factory is tasked with manufacturing the aluminum bodies of iPads and MacBooks, but it also produces parts for Dell, HP, Lenovo, HTC and Motorola

CLW claims that it investigated the Suqian factory 16 months ago and reported findings of violations to Apple privately. After this recent probe, the watchdog claims that conditions have not gotten better, but are in fact even worse. Investigators found a total of 22 labor violations, including locked fire exits, lack of proper protective equipment, heavy dust in the workplace, a lack of occupational safety training, mandatory overtime, workers being required to pay for drinking and shower water in dorms, long work shifts while standing, insufficient social insurance, exscessive overtime of up to 100 hours per month, workers needing a "permission to resign", and others. Basically, if you are feeling like you don't like your job very much, head over to the link in the source and read the document – you just might start feeling better.

CLW points out that Apple has promoted a Supplier Code of Conduct since 2005; however, it has done little to keep its partners along the supply chain on-track. Apple replied, saying it conducts quarterly fire-safety inspections at the plant and that it is dispatching a team to immedieately investigate the report claims.

source: Green America via Macworld



1. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I am not surprised. Same thing will happened next year.

5. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Every year better and better. How else big companies will increase profits? In the end their customers will be their slaves

6. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Already are, what goes around comes around.

7. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Look, investigators, don't do that every year. We are tired of moving our facilities from town to town, so our dear purchasers don't find them and take "serious measures"...

2. clearblack

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 04, 2014


3. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Those are a lot of check marks.

8. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

next year will be added more check marks ;)

4. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Permission to resign?!?! F*ck!!! :-(

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2388; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Welcome to the world of profiteering big corporations and out of touch executives and CEOs that perch themselves on an ivory tower and preach human right issues, all the while people are dying under substandard work conditions to make them the obscenely rich individuals that they are.

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