Apple Breaks Chinese Labor Law in Rush to Build iPhones

Foxconn is based in Taipei

Apple and its manufacturing contractor Foxconn admitted to breaking Chinese labor regulations by the excessive use of temporary staff in the world's largest iPhone factory, according to Bloomberg.

For its newest report, CLW mentioned undercover investigators worked in Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant in China, together with one who was employed there for four years. One of the main findings: Temporary staff, known as dispatch workers, made up about 50% of the workforce in August.

"Apple and Foxconn know that the issue with dispatch workers is in violation of labor laws, but because it is profitable to hire dispatch workers, they haven't addressed the issue".

"We have confirmed all workers are being compensated appropriately, including any overtime wages and bonuses, all overtime work was voluntary and there was no evidence of forced labour", Lori Lodes, an Apple spokeswoman told the Washington Post.

Since its first factory opened in 2010, Foxconn's Zhengzhou campus has been dubbed "iPhone City", with daily production of the Apple handsets reaching 500,000 and employment totaling 350,000 during peak season.

The company is working with Foxconn to "immediately resolve the issue", it was quoted as saying in a statement. Since the problems directly involve the Cupertino-based firm, the company ran an investigation by its own on Foxconn factory.

The China Labor Watch report stated that student workers had been pushed to work overtime, "completing internships at the factory that are unrelated to their degree".

Apple has sought to mitigate poor labor standards in some of its vendors by pressuring them to change their practices or face losing contracts with the Silicon Valley giant, as well as with an annual responsibility report on its supply chain.

Apple confirmed that it had found some employees "working for more consecutive days than our standards allow", and Foxconn said that "the number of hours of overtime work carried out by employees, which we have confirmed was always voluntary, was not consistent with company guidelines".

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

Apple's store network has confronted various reactions throughout the years because of poor working conditions.

The company said it was gradually adjusting the number and the ratio of dispatch workers to comply with the requirements of China's laws.

We looked into the claims by China Labor Watch and most of the allegations are false.

Laborers at the processing plant put in "at any rate 100 extra time hours a month" during pinnacle creation seasons, despite the fact that Chinese work law states they should not work in excess of 36 additional time hours a month.

To attract temporary workers for repetitive, low-paying assembly line jobs, agents often promise bonuses worth several times the worker's monthly salary.

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