Apple defends itself: no violations in iPhone factories in China

14/09/2019

 

 

China Labor Watch (CLW) published a report according to which more than half of the workforce employed in August consisted of temporary hires or interns/student workers

 

 

After the heavy accusations received, Apple has denied most of the accusations in a report which states that the iPhone manufacturer, along with its production partner Foxconn, would have violated Chinese labour law.

China Labor Watch (CLW) released a report that more than half of the workforce employed in August at the largest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou was temporary hires or workers who included interns/students.

Chinese labour law states that temporary employment cannot exceed 10% of the total number of employees. In September, many of those working students returned to school, which led to a decrease in the number of temporary workers, but it was even greater than that required by Chinese law, the advocacy group said.

 

Foxconn confirmed that a review of its operations in Zhengzhou identified some problems

 

“We reviewed China Labor Watch’s claims and most of the allegations are false,” Apple said in a statement. “We confirmed that all workers receive adequate compensation, including any salaries and extraordinary premiums. All overtime was voluntary and there was no evidence of forced labour,” Apple said, while not revealing which of the charges were true.

For its part, Foxconn confirmed that a review of its operations in Zhengzhou identified some compliance problems in the workforce. “We found evidence that the use of shipping workers and the number of overtime hours performed by employees, which we confirmed was always voluntary, were not consistent with the company guidelines. We determined that the workers concerned are all overtime earned and related bonus payments were paid,” Foxconn told CNBC in a statement.

Workers earn a basic salary of 2,100 yuan ($ 295), which is insufficient to support the livelihood of a family living in Zhengzhou city, according to the CLW report. Honestly, Apple said it discovered during its investigation that the percentage of temporary workers exceeded its standards. “We are working closely with Foxconn to solve this problem,” the company said.

 

Apple has a code of conduct that requires suppliers to guarantee safe working conditions

 

Apple’s supply chain has suffered many criticisms over the years due to poor working conditions. For its part, the iPhone manufacturer has driven suppliers to improve work practices.

Apple, for example, has a code of conduct that requires suppliers to guarantee safe working conditions, treating workers with dignity and respect and acting fairly and ethically. In Apple‘s latest report, the company said it conducted over 44,000 interviews in 2018 with supplier employees to make sure they received training and were aware of the appropriate channels to express concerns.

For its part, Apple said: “When we find problems, we work with our suppliers to take immediate corrective action”

 

 

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