Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Apple report: Chinese workers unhappy as they assemble your cheaper iPhone


A report by nonprofit China Labor Watch said Apple's supplier Pegatron is working employees long hours for little pay.

Shana Lynch, Managing Editor, Silicon Valley Business Journal

A report out today by New York-based nonprofit China Labor Watch looked into the working conditions of Apple?s Chinese supplier, Pegatron.

It revealed two pieces of news, one intentionally and one probably less so.

First, the report highlighted Pegatron?s less-than-desirable working conditions at three different factories in China. As in, 11-hour days, six days a week, making about $1.50 an hour. It?s kind of a black eye considering Apple made a big fanfare of investigating its supply chain to improve working conditions.

Both Apple and Pegatron said they would investigate the allegations.

The other revealing detail on the report? Employees working those ridiculous hours are currently building that rumored cheaper iPhone. The report references the new iPhone throughout (well, and the title is ?Apple?s unkept promises: Cheap iPhones come at high costs to Chinese workers?). It also mentioned the low-priced phone is plastic and will soon be released on the market. (Venturebeat does a nice job pulling out all those references here.)

Read the full China Labor Watch report here.

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2013/07/apple-report-chinese-workers-unhappy.html?ana=RSS&s=article_search

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