Pegatron, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer that produces Apple products, violates workers’ rights at factories in Shanghai and Suzhou, according to a new report from China Labor Watch.
The report highlights Apple’s hypocrisy in failing to live up to its much vaunted “social responsibility code of conduct”. Employees in Pegatron’s Shanghai and Suzhou factories regularly worked over 66 hours per week, despite a statement by Apple in May 2013 that 99 percent of suppliers complied with the company’s 60 hour workweek rule (itself a direct violation of China’s statutory limit of 49 hours).
A number of Apple’s social responsibility promises are being broken, including those related to worker safety, protecting the environment, and more. None of the Pegatron factories investigated here, for example, provide sufficient safety training to workers. At Riteng and AVY, waste water is disposed of directly into the sewage system, polluting the local water source.
Conditions at these factories are so poor that most workers refuse to continue working for long. In a period of two weeks, 30 of 110 new recruits at AVY left.
In a statement, an Apple spokesperson said the latest China Labor Watch report “contains claims that are new to us and we will investigate them immediately”.
“If our audits find that workers have been underpaid or denied compensation for any time they’ve worked, we will require that Pegatron reimburse them in full,” Apple said.
The report was the culmination of nearly 200 interviews with workers and extensive undercover work carried out in factories from March to July this year.
CLW executive director Li Qiang said, “Our investigations have shown that labor conditions at Pegatron factories are even worse than those at Foxconn factories. Apple has not lived up to its own standards. This will lead to Apple’s suppliers abusing labor in order to strengthen their position for receiving orders. In this way, Apple is worsening conditions for workers, not improving them.”
[Via: Tech in Asia]