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    Default BBC Puts Apple Under the Spotlight for Factory Working Conditions in China Once Again

    Towards the earlier part of this week, BBC One announced plans to air a documentary called Apple’s Broken Promises which was to detail the factory conditions of the overseas workers who create components and assemble the company’s iPhones. Apple’s Broken Promises is set to air tonight but in the meantime BBC News ended up publishing a story outlining what they discovered when they visited Pegatron factories in China and mines in Indonesia.

    Unsurprisingly, during their visit, BBC found that workers at the factories were forced to put in long hours assembling Apple devices and there were several violations with ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers. Multiple reporters went undercover at the factory as part of the documentary and one didn’t receive a day off after working 18 days in a row while another was exhausted by the long hours. The film even went as far as showing workers fall asleep during 12-hour shifts.

    The undercover reporters were forced to do overtime which is supposedly voluntary and the housing conditions were less than desirable with one reported being subjected to a dorm with 12 workers in one room. Another reporter had to attend after work meetings off the clock which they didn’t receive any compensation for.

    Apple issued a statement suggesting that it’s doing more than any other company to improve working conditions for factory employees. The company also said it monitors working hours at Pegatron with employees at the factory averaging 55 hours per week. The Cupertino California company had the following to say regarding the matter:

    We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

    We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done.
    Apple went as far as stating that the overcrowding in the dormitory has been resolved and that suppliers are currently going back and paying workers who haven’t received compensation for meetings.

    The publications trip to Indonesia led the reporters and film documentarians to allege that tin from illegal mines could potentially be entering Apple’s supply chain without Apple knowing. During filming, children were found digging tin ore in dangerous conditions with the tin eventually being sold to a smelter that is on Apple’s list of suppliers. The Cupertino California company’s response to the situation in Indonesia was that it is “complex” as they claimed that many miners sell tin through middle men.

    It isn’t the first time Apple has found itself in the spotlight over the conditions at the factories where its products are produced but the company has been working on improving the results by establishing a more strict code of conduct for suppliers. There still appears to be a long way to go so we’ll have to wait and see how things turn out. In the meantime, those of you who are interested in watching the documentary can do so on BBC One on December 18 at 9:00pm UK time and later on the BBC iPlayer.

    Source: BBC News

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    I guess Samsung and other companies that use these factories have no responsibility in this huh?

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    wasn't great watching, and Apple do place huge emphasis on their ethical and green policies, so deserves to be highlighted. Don't think other mobile companies have the same emphasis.
    However, one guy interviewed said all my mates have gone home. They are shouted at and bullied and possibly as its good money they want the job, and work all the hours they can , but they are free to leave. I doubt its great working in any China factory, and its probably no worse or better than anywhere in China. Its what happens when you have a communist state and low wages.

    Apple is good but as for changing a communist state to a western one, good luck with that.

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