Apple manufacturer faced with new labor violation claims

New report from China Labor Watch says iPhone maker's Taiwanese supplier Pegatron Corp. uses underage workers, doesn't pay enough, and forces overtime.

A new report from the China Labor Watch has alleged that Apple's Taiwanese supplier Pegatron Corp. uses underage workers, pays "insufficient" wages, and forces overtime.

Overall, Pegatron factories are "even worse than those at Foxconn," executive director Li Qiang said in a statement, as reported by Bloomberg.

Foxconn is one of the world's largest contract manufacturers of electronic components and products for companies like Apple, Dell, HP, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, among others.

The CLW found 86 labor rights violations during investigations at three Pegatron factories from March through July. Apple spokesperson Carolyn Wu told the site that though the company had been in close communication with the CLW, some of the claims are "new to us."

"We will investigate these new claims thoroughly, ensure that corrective actions are taken where needed, and report any violations of our code of conduct," Wu said. "We will not tolerate deviations from our code."

Pegatron itself will also investigate the claims, president and CEO Jason Cheng said in a statement.

Apple said it has conducted 15 audits of Pegatron factories since 2007, with the most recent survey of employees finding those making Apple products worked an average of 46 hours per week, Wu said. The CLW does not agree, saying average weekly working hours were between 66 and 69 hours, a violation of China's 49-hour limit.

"Apple has not lived up to its own standards," the CLW said in a statement. "This will lead to Apple's suppliers abusing labor in order to strengthen their position for receiving orders. In this way, Apple is worsening conditions for workers, not improving them."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

Can just imagine it now... Come work in our factory for less than $2 a day... Be an Apple manufacturing GENIUS!

carolino
carolino

Probly fake or distorted news.

why ?

its Eddie

Triton
Triton

Guess its time for the local governments to do something about it huh. Why do the parents allow their children to work in these places in the first place.

FrankFoxYaeger
FrankFoxYaeger

Cheap overseas labor its the AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE. AMEN.

farcorners
farcorners

I hope Apple and these goons don't just go "Wink Wink", when it comes to conditions. I hope Apple really takes these things seriously, and not just says that it does. It is a sick world and company that allows misery of the weak, so they can keep a few more dollars margin.

tightwad34
tightwad34

God I hope this isn't true. Even if I was broke and starving the last thing I would do is mistreat someone, especially a kid.

Wattsburg0
Wattsburg0

It is too expensive and way too difficult to start a business in the U.S. and my wife proved that to me.So our businesses went up in her country.Everyone loves to call companies who have places overseas evil but the facts are that even if you had a company in the U.S. with all U.S. workers they would be called evil the second they became successful. So what’s the point of trying to keep a business in the U.S. again?

tionmedon
tionmedon

it`s just another billion dollar company going for cheap labor and put thousands of Americans out of work..............

robert83a2
robert83a2

Every company that moves out from the EU or more developed countries to underdeveloped countries is actually using "slave" work.

There is a SIMPLE SOLUTION to this, but no-one does anything, cause the world is controlled by the Rich people (no matter what we like to tell each other...during daydreaming). They should TAX products a LOT MORE that are manufactured in less developed countries.

This companies are making huge profit by using "slave" labor to build devices , then they sell them in their home countries for the same price if it was made there. Why use American or German workers that work for a minimum of 1500-2000 EUROS when you can do it for 200-300 EUROS, not only are they treating humans as slaves, they are also committing treason to their home country.... HOW IS THIS NOT ILLEGAL??? WHY IS THIS NOT ILLEGAL?

This MUST BE TAXED, so they would STOP this freaking Companies using slaves effect.

spindie
spindie

So its an apple supplier? Than its not apple? So who care?

gplayer5
gplayer5

Unfortunately this happens with almost all major worldwide companies. This is the very reason I don't buy apple products or shop at Walmart. Worst part is, Apple and other companies that  use Foxconn technically can't take the blame for this because Foxconn is only contracted by the companies, not part of it. China needs to actually enforce their labor laws, not act like they're actually doing something, then just turn the other way.


hadlee73
hadlee73

Sadly most of the Western world doesn't care about this. As long as they can listen to music on their iPods while munching on slavery chocolate and admiring their blood diamond rings, they'll be happy. :P

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Anyone not know this is how much of there stuff is made?  Kids can make a pretty good phone though, not that I'd ever own one, but I'm sure this is the case with pretty much any electronic device or item bought from Asia. 

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

and to think these dumb ass people buy iphones, etc. supporting this kind of behavior.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

But i thought Apple factories were magical places, with the employees singing and dancing while making the products.

untouchables111
untouchables111

People this has nothing to do with apples morals at all because Dont forget everything u buy comes from china. Apple factories are run by people in and from china who are breaking laws to keep apple buying from them as their assembler source. Apple can't really do anything accept not use those factories, however!! Just because they change don't mean it won't happen again. NOT NEWS.

gowthamrkm
gowthamrkm

F.... U Apple... my iPod 5th gen is bent in 2 weeks without any reason and display coming out of the casing and you wont even replace it. Moreover child labor for 69 hours for this useless shit. wish i could kill this Tim Cook brutally. 

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

Is apple under Bain Capital by any chance?? IF so the next time that an Apple Executive visits China/Taiwan the workers should put the person in the factory prison they built for the workers that were being pushed to the limit for 10 cents on a dollar, and not meeting quota!! Next time Apple hire us American workers instead of farming out to China, because they are not having ANY of your greedy Oliver Twist style slave factory methods anymore! What goes around, COMES AROUND! "Apple iPhone Made in California" BUT assembled in China (rolls eyes)!

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

One of the most evil companies in the world.

One day we're going to look back and be appalled at our own lack of social justice.

SaintJimmmy
SaintJimmmy

Good job apple not only do you ruin industries you also ruin children's lives to

you guys are the future.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

Considering how much they over charge for their stuff, they could easily pay their workers a reasonable wage.

kgallis21
kgallis21

To be fair tho. This is how most big companies make their profits by moving their companies over seas to exploit the poor. very sickening.

kgallis21
kgallis21

Apple..... NO... i not surprised at anything those overpricing thieves do. I love the ipod tho i must admit.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

slavery in the name of democracy and capitalism. lol. 

Paul2004
Paul2004

Money talks, if they can make even more profit then some dont care about rules or regulations. History has shown that some will do just about anything to make cash, buildings not built to standards ect.
No matter what happens this wont stop, they will always find new ways to avoid the rules. If proven then the supplier is in for it by breaking both Apples rules and Chinese law, then in afew years another company will try the same thing...some things never change

ZWarrior006
ZWarrior006

Now they're facing that?  I'm sure they've been doing this shit for several years now.  Hell, every major company does this.  

Karchy
Karchy

Every stock company would drown a kitten for an extra $. That's how capitalism and greed works

grove12345
grove12345

next iPhone will now be $700 due to production costs and will offer less than an android phone. Yet people will brag about it

Cochleadoc
Cochleadoc

yeah, yeah, yeah...so, when's my new phone going to be ready?

Takeno456
Takeno456

Unfortunately this will continue to happen because all these companies care about are their damn profit margins. 

WilliamChase
WilliamChase

LOL, and you want me to believe that Apple is the only company in the world which is doing that. What a ROFL article.Hit Like Guys & Girls if you agree.

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SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@farcorners If Apple took these things seriously they would of done so long time ago.. They will never take it seriously as it does not be perilous to the Chinese. 

Claudiov1_0
Claudiov1_0

@Wattsburg0 A company like Apple could easily start making bussiness in the US, they have a profit margin of almost 50% on some of the models of the last iteration of the Ipad, since the several variations of the device cost to manufacture about 350-400$ and they sell them for prices ranging from 509$ to 939$... so , for small and medium bussinesses things are very though, for Apple that argument doesn´t apply...

DIGN
DIGN

@untouchables111 Here's a solution, bring their factories and jobs back to America. They know damned well whats going on over there, the reason they keep their jobs over there is because it costs way less for them to hire and keep a factory up and running in China than in America where we have minimum wages and protection agencies.

Stop being blind and protecting Apple they don't care about you or anyone else, only the money in your wallet.

theend3r
theend3r

We don't know if they are forced to do it but if they aren't then giving them an option to have a job can hardly be considered a bad thing. (Apple still sucks though :D)

untouchables111
untouchables111

Ummm apple does not entirely determine what they get paid!! Att does the same shit and has the same claims in places like India. People who work for many companies over seas have killed them selves over forced labor issues. It has nothing to do with the company here in the Us. Their ethical standpoint can only be not to use those companies but nearly every over seas company had crap labor issues.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Barrakas21 It's not just Apple - it's pretty much everything.  The "rush to the bottom."  Get as much of your company's work done in countries with labor laws that aren't enforced or don't even exist and more people will buy your stuff.  Other countries weaken their labor laws in order to compete.  And down it spirals.

Getting out of that cycle isn't going to be easy.  World wide labor laws would do the trick but there's nobody to enforce them.  Educated consumers might help but I doubt it would solve the problem - slavery didn't vanish because consumers refused to buy shirts made from slave-grown cotton, you know.

untouchables111
untouchables111

Yes because Ianything are great products because they do exactly what they say they do. Over seas manufactures are the ones to blame not apple. Apple only contracts to have stuff made just like every other "made in china" product.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@WilliamChase Nobody's trying to make you believe that Apple is the only company doing that. I am curious as to what kind of argument you're trying to make though, or how does that somehow make it okay for Apple or any other company to do this ?

Madjik2k2
Madjik2k2

@WilliamChase They say right at the top that Foxconn makes parts for Dell, HP, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.  It's clear right from the get go.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@DIGN @untouchables111 Indeed.  Government here makes it very expensive to run factories.  Quit taxing the ever living shit out of them and tax the hell out of foreign goods.

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

@untouchables111

Apple, along with many other companies have the influence to do something about this.

Apple in particular stand out because of the fact that they charge their customers more than their competitors for less technically advanced and more restrictive products.

untouchables111
untouchables111

See u k owner stuff. People are going to just blame apple as the bad guys when it's not all there fault. They contract with factories to make their stuff and those crap labor laws are messed with by the factories owners not apple.

untouchables111
untouchables111

Yes they do choose to because American companies provide real Opportunity for poor countries to make wages.

WilliamChase
WilliamChase

@Total_mischief @WilliamChase my only point is this article is senseless. from the start apple is the only prominent company that faces this kind of violations.They make it look like Google, Microsoft and many other s are innocent and this is making some serious negative impact on Apple directly.

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@WilliamChase @Total_mischief I don't know...Apple is actually pretty mellow on the work violation side of things. Maybe in the electronics world they make a lot of noise on that side, but most eyes are turned toward the incident in Bangladesh that caused upwards of a thousand deaths.

WilliamChase
WilliamChase

@Total_mischief @WilliamChase i agree but whenever they publish this kind of news or update they should look for other companies too. i am not a big fan of apple but i search a lot and all the big news websites and on the internet i see when it comes to work violations there is only One name "Apple". than i am like Seriously WTF!

Total_mischief
Total_mischief

@WilliamChase @Total_mischief Well anybody with half a brain doesn't need this kind of article to know what Apple and every other major companies are doing. Besides, I'm fine with serious negative impact on Apple or another of those companies. This kind of pressure is what leads to CEOs to bend and stop such practices. The first major companies to do some changes in their policies will be praised by the people. Apple could turn this into big time money.