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  • China Labor Watch Accuses Pegatron of Several Work Condition Violations

    Even though Apple pledged to improve labor conditions at its suppliers, a Pegatron factory in Shanghai was recently discovered still paying low wages, allowing excessive amounts of overtime and housing workers in poor conditions. According to the folks over at the China Labor Watch, before any overtime pay, workers at the factory make just $1.85 an hour or $318 per month. Even with overtime, the wages are typically said to come out to roughly $753 per month.

    The factory supposedly forces people to put in at least 20 hours of overtime per week. A trainer told one of the undercover investigators that the standard Western work week, which consists of eight hours a day, five days a week, “doesn’t conform to our hiring requirements.”

    The Cupertino California company’s official supplier guidelines require that people put in no more than 60 hours per week. By collecting paystubs from 76 workers in September, the China Labor Watch found only 42% of people who had worked 60 hours a week or less.

    Furthermore, conditions at the factory are said to be dangerous with no identifiable emergency exits and just 8 hours of safety training, which is below the 24 hours that are required in China. To make matters worse, workers were encouraged to copy the answers to a safety quiz and forced to sign a form which certifies that they received 20 hours of training, even going as far as putting the trainer’s name on the document. These forms are then handed to Apple during audits. Though the employees are warned about dangerous chemicals that are used during the manufacturing process, they aren’t told how to safeguard against them or even how they are used.

    The China Labor Watch was able to identify a wide number of other issues as well including dorms that house up to 14 people per room while being contaminated by mold and bedbugs.

    With all being said and done, some things have improved since the previous investigation in 2013. This includes changes to sick leave and resignation policies. Furthermore, the factories also seemed to have stopped discriminating against Tibetans and Uyghurs, dyed hair or people over the age of 35. Still, this is far from the improvement that should have been carried out.

    We’ll have to wait and see how things will be cracked down upon and improved going forward.

    Source: China Labor Watch via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: China Labor Watch Accuses Pegatron of Several Work Condition Violations started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I feel like Apple can only do so much, it still is China and the company's management is going to do what they do. Unless Apple wanted to keep some people of their own in the factory 24/7 365 monitoring everything but I doubt it. Sounds like overtime really bumps up their pay! I'm curious to know how the employees feel about working OT for that extra money. 8 hrs of training is normal in my experience, companies take a full work day to go through everything that the new employee should know. Maybe Pegatron is not using that time wisely or there's just so much info that they need to know that it requires 24 hrs of training.