Apple and Foxconn broke Chinese labor laws to make the new iPhone

Apple and Foxconn broke Chinese labor laws to make the new iPhone

Apple and its partner, Foxconn, is now under scrutiny due to their practices in making the latest iPhone 11.

"The Chinese government does not properly enforce laws, especially laws regarding labor rights".

China Labor Watch (CLW) issued the reports for its claim before an Apple event on 10 September to announce new iPhones.

Earlier this year, media reports said Apple was considering moving some operations out of China to avoid new US tariffs, with Japan's Nikkei Asian Review in June putting the figure at 15% to 30% of production.

In response, the Taiwanese supplier to Apple said the ups and downs in the number of dispatch workers depended on whether production was in peak or slow season.

The CLW report claims workers at the Zhengzhou plant must get approval to not do overtime.

Apple and Foxconn seek to supply about 12,000 iPhones per shift on the Zhengzhou manufacturing unit, CLW's newest report discovered.

One of the biggest issues is that temporary workers respond to around 50% of the total workforce. The company sent an investigator to the factory and met with Foxconn officials to discuss the heavy use of dispatch staff.

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"At no time did we find any evidence of forced labour and we can confirm that this facility now has no interns working overtime", they stated for AFP. According to the report, workers at Zhengzhou Foxocnn put in at least 100 overtime hours a month during peak production seasons.

On Monday, Apple told Bloomberg that it is "working closely with Foxconn to resolve this issue" and that it will "take immediate corrective action" after finishing an operational review.

In addition, student employees supposedly worked illegal overtime. In the Pegatron case, some dispatch workers making 2,550 yuan ($360) per month were promised 8,000 yuan bonuses after working for varying time periods. These emerged during Steve Jobs' tenure at Apple when there were multiple suicides at Foxconn factories. Foxconn says that overtime is voluntary, however.

The factory, which has been dubbed "iPhone City", is operated by Foxconn and is the largest iPhone factory in the world. The organization claims undercover investigators worked in Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant in China, including one who was employed there for four years.

And Foxconn stated, "We will not hesitate to take any additional steps that might be required to meet the high standards we set for our operations".

Apparently, the supply chain by Apple has been criticized for poor labor standards for several years and has induced the manufacturing partners to either improve the working conditions or risk losing business. By recruiting these laborers, "the factory does not need to increase the wages for all regular workers", it said. In addition, Foxconn commented, "Our work to address the issues identified in our Zhengzhou facility continues".

Work injuries are not reported by the factory, and verbal abuse is common there.

Apple, on its part, says that all other allegations from the CLW are false.

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