Apple’s Labor Violations Exposed Ahead Of iPhone 11 Launch

Apple’s Labor Violations Exposed Ahead Of iPhone 11 Launch

Apple confirmed it will launch its iPhone 11 model on September 10 for a start price of around $1,2000, according to The Inquirer. CLW is a non-profit advocacy group that examines the conditions in Chinese factories.

Apple said that it had investigated the issue.

Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn on Monday refuted allegations of lapses in people management, but admitted that they employed too many temporary workers in China factories, Reuters reports.

Earlier this year, media reports said Apple was considering moving some operations out of China to avoid new USA tariffs, with Japan's Nikkei Asian Review in June putting the figure at 15% to 30% of production. However, this practice is highly illegal.

Both companies pledged to better adhere to their labor standards, as Apple said, "Everyone in our supply chain should be treated with dignity and respect".

But the US-based rights group CLW says many workers were "cheated out of their bonuses". The report additionally blames the Apple Corporation for moving its expanding costs because of the U.S. - China exchange war onto the manufacturing plant workers in China. The Chinese labor law grants only 10% of dispatch workers to total up the workforce.

Foxconn was as of late scrutinized by CLW for work rights infringement at a plant in Hengyang, China which makes items for Amazon.

We did find evidence that the use of dispatch workers and the number of hours of overtime work carried out by employees, which we have confirmed was always voluntary, was not consistent with company guidelines.

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"At no time did we find any evidence of forced labour and we can confirm that this facility now has no interns working overtime", it said in a statement given to AFP. During "peak production seasons, workers at Zhengzhou Foxconn put in at least 100 overtime hours a month", the report said.

Apple has announced that, after conducting an investigation, it found the "percentage of dispatch workers exceeded [its] standards" and that it is "working closely with Foxconn to resolve this issue".

Student workers do overtime during peak production season, even though regulations on student internships prohibit this.

Some dispatch workers have not received promised bonuses. Thirty-six hours of overtime a month is the maximum allowed under Chinese law. China Labor Watch's report claimed that these and other findings violated Apple's own code of conduct. These supposedly took place at the biggest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China. By recruiting these laborers, "the factory does not need to increase the wages for all regular workers", it said.

And Foxconn stated, "We will not hesitate to take any additional steps that might be required to meet the high standards we set for our operations".

The report says that Foxconn has turned out to be progressively dependent on dispatch work to compensate for a decreased work power.

CLW claimed that Foxconn did not provide workers with adequate protective equipment and often failed to report workplace injuries.