Undercover Investigation Reveals Labor Violations at Factory Producing the 'Cheap' iPhone

Undercover Investigation Reveals Labor Violations at Factory Producing the 'Cheap' iPhone

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A new undercover investigation by China Labor Watch (CLW) has revealed a series of ethical and legal labor violations in a factory in Wuxi, China owned by U.S. electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit that is currently producing the soon-to-be-released cheap iPhone for Apple.

Among the infringements uncovered by CLW include millions of dollars in unpaid overtime wages; over 100 hours of monthly mandatory overtime, three times in excess of legal limits; more than 11 hours of standing work every day with no rest outside of 30-minute meal breaks; illegally inadequate pre-work training; hiring discrimination; and more.

Many of the violations raised in CLW’s report also contradict the codes of conduct of both Apple and Jabil Circuit. Despite half a decade of outside investigations and self-reporting on myriad labor abuse throughout its Chinese supply chain, Apple has continually failed to compel supplier factories to conform to Apple’s code of conduct and local labor laws before giving these suppliers Apple production orders.

CLW’s newest report is not only evidence that Apple and its suppliers continue to infringe upon the labor rights and human rights of the workers making Apple products, it also evidence that such supplier factories are not restricted to Asian-owned factories. Jabil Circuit is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Below are the primary legal and ethical violations uncovered at Jabil Green Point:

• Heavy use of dispatch workers beyond statutory limits.
• Dispatch workers charged fees by dispatch companies and employment agencies.
• Hiring discrimination (age 18-35, tattoos).
• Potential hiring discrimination against pregnant women.
• Workers made to sign a number of hiring documents which are meant to free Jabil from liability, but workers are not given time to understand the documents they sign and are not given a copy of the documents.
• Training is only two hours.
• Training is perfunctory, exam answers are given by trainer to be copied.
• Training lacks information on safety despite a number of positions in the factory that involve regular contact with harmful chemicals, loud noises, or other hazards, leading to workers using protective equipment in incorrect ways.
• 110 hours of overtime per month is common, which is in excess of Apple's own code and even further in excess of Chinese statutory regulations on overtime hours.
• 11.5 hours of standing work per day.
• Despite work intensity and continual standing, workers are given no breaks outside of meal breaks during a 12-hour shift.
• Each worker is forced to work 11 hours of unpaid overtime every month.
• Overtime is usually mandatory.
• Potential audit fraud--daily factory attendance records display workers' working hours as an hour less than their real working hours.
• Some overtime hours are paid at rates less than that required by labor laws.
• Crowded dorms have eight people per room.
• Night- and day-shift workers are assigned the same rooms, leading to workers' sleep being interrupted by one another.
• Short breaks only provide many workers with just minutes to eat.
• In order to meet high production quotas for iPhone covers, Jabil workers have to violate Jabil's own standard operating procedures, and management tacitly consents to the violations.
• Fire escape routes in some production departments are not clear.
• There is a list of punishments at Jabil that workers must sign before working, but the workers are not given a copy of these punishments.
• Workers rely on overtime work to earn a living wage.
• Lack of effective grievance channels.

More details in the full report linked below...

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Undercover Investigation Reveals Labor Violations at Factory Producing the 'Cheap' iPhone

English - September 6, 2013 at 2:12pm
Small sleep? Food hour? What the heck you talking about dummy
Wizard of All - September 6, 2013 at 2:08pm
Don't include us with yourself mean you are just so so stupid saying Apple pays one dollar to make iPhones and we pay $300 so what you saying is ab iPhone costs $1 to make and apple making 300 times more profit ? Your Brain is shit please change your name don't give Steve and God name bad reputation I just want to punch you so hard
Verdin - September 5, 2013 at 11:57pm
Cheap help for cheap iPhone
Scofield - September 5, 2013 at 10:54pm
I work in a company making Apple products and they are the most stringent when it comes to protecting labors. They are the most stringent in quality control requirement as well, some criteria sometimes it's very hard to achieve. The video is obviously edited to implicate Apple. Listen to the narration, it is being read with script, and it's not being narrated with the genuine operators working on that factory, just listen to the english accent, it sounds like a fake chinese trying to imitate the accent. Also EMS companies are usually have multiple customers not just Apple and this kind of labor practices are common to all customers since they are in the same roof. They are just using Apple to voice they lame cry. Blame it to the Chinese for allowing this kind of labor abuses.
! - September 5, 2013 at 10:06pm
The Chinese were willing to work for long hours with little pay.
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