Pegatron promises to change things following BBC report on abuse of workers

Pegatron promises to change things following BBC report on abuse of workers
Following BBC reports that accused contract manufacturer Pegatron of taking advantage of workers on the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus assembly line, the  company promised to change its ways. Earlier today, Pegatron issued a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange promising to investigate the claims made by the BBC. The latter sent undercover workers into factories and discovered that work shifts often exceeded 12 hours with no overtime pay. One undercover reporter says that he worked for 18 straight days without rest.

Hidden cameras smuggled into the factory recorded images of exhausted assembly line workers falling asleep. Some assembly lines were made up completely of napping workers. Still, Apple executive Jeffrey Williams says that the company has achieved a 93% success rate in preventing workers from logging more than 60 hours of work in a single week. Last year, Apple managed to achieve a 95% compliance rate, according to its 2014 Progress Report.

Apple also is investigating the claims made in the BBC report. The tech titan says that it is "deeply offended" by the content of the report. Apple's Williams says that the BBC failed to pass along to the public, certain details that Apple provided the broadcaster.

Over the years, there have been questions over how both Pegatron and its rival Foxconn have treated factory workers. Besides trying to make sure that its suppliers are not overworking employees, Apple is trying to prevent the contract manufacturers from exploiting student workers.


source: Apple, AppleInsider

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16 Comments

1. iOSLMFAO

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Disgusting, shameful, patently apple.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Disgusting, shameful, Communist Party of China

11. sbfalex

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

u know that pegatron is a taiwanese company, not a mainland one right? pegatron is a subsidiary of asustek, which manufactures and operates the asus brand. it has nothing to do with the communist party

14. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

90% of their factories and employees are in China and the video shows the one in China. I would consider Chinese government responsible and not the Taiwanese one. You can't blame Apple for a company that operates in China and obeys Chinese laws.

16. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

I think the Chinese communist party should stop pegatron for abusing their people. Why on earth the china want their people being abuse if they can get more money from foreigner for their people. You happy now???

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Almost all the clothes you get are made in the factories in way worse condition. Just let it sink in for a minute...

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I like how people from the west calling us being abused while we try our best to work hard to feed our families, I work 90 hours a week and I still living in a regular condo with my parents with a normal life, heck my parents even able to afford penalty to born second child as my little sister. Unlike the west, demand higher wages, yet blame government for unemployment . Slackers gonna slack

5. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Because we "people from the west" don't tolerate things like this. Unlike individuals such as yourself who still lives with his parents, we learn how to fiend for ourselves in a world where that doesn't stop for anyone in regards towards money. We have plenty of individuals who work as much as you do, however, I highly doubt that any of them live with there parents in a condo. I glad-fully work my 9 hours a day, 5 days a week and can support my own family as well as a home of my own without being overworked and I'm 22

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I laughed at your statement, and accused me living in the parent's nest. It's parents the one who live in my nest, and the old house we stayed, we collect rental for parents so that they can travel globally. Why slack now when you can eventually gonna retired soon and slack for the rest of your golden age? Hardworking and earn as much as you can when you're young and energetic, not slack

9. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Don't see the point of retiring at an early age when you still have the capability to work. That is what I consider slacking. And congrats on your parents living with you, don't really see how if they followed your guild-lines or retiring early lead them to not be able to have a home of there own...Just saying.... Regardless, I make plenty with my education alone. At times like this the only "Golden" thing to know when it comes to finances, is needs over wants. Plus, not sure of what your definition of "hardworking" is. The way I see it, the reason you wont be able to stay energetic for your "golden years" is because you blatantly overworked yourself during your youth thus forcing you retire early

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its all in the thinking and conditioning. Look at North Korean, they have less and why?

3. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

and the world keeps spinning

4. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Slaves build these phones just so people can bend and blend and drop and shoot and destroy the phones for yourtube views.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So what will they do with their phone? Put it in memoriam? FYI, all phones were made by your so called "slaves". Not just phones, but food, clothing, drugs, houses, etc. Someone has to do it, someone on the society has to do it. Its their choice, not ours. Quit whining like its bloodshed and tears product, there are more labor intensive jobs out there than just making soon-to-be bent phones.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I was talking to my brother the other day. They might have layoffs where he works so he was keeping his ear to the ground for a new job. He looked at a 3M factory, but when he heard about the requirements he wrote it off. Most workers there work almost everyday. One worker told him that he had one day off in a month's time. And you don't have a set shift either. The first week you work day shift, the next swing shift, the next graveyard shift, and then repeat. They've had a workers wanted sign out since he moved there in August, not hard to see why.

13. dome888

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

chinese will be chinese. just try working for a chinese employer even outside china.

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