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Some of the factories included in the report are Foxconn Technology Group, Toyo Precision Appliance, and BYD Electronic Co.

China Labor Watch has released a new report showing that employees at Apple's suppliers in China are overworked and were not provided proper health insurance.

China Labor Watch, which is a New York-based labor rights group, created a 133-page report on the conditions of Apple's suppliers' factories in China. The group interviewed 620 workers in 10 factories located throughout China over a four-month period ending in April.

Some of the factories included in the report are Foxconn Technology Group, Toyo Precision Appliance, and BYD Electronic Co.

According to the report, employees worked up to 180 hours of overtime per month when they are only supposed to work a maximum of 36. In addition, some of the factories failed to provide medical insurance to their employees, which is problematic because the factories are hazardous environments.

China Labor Watch also found that a Riteng factory in particular had terrible working conditions where employees were working 12-hour days. Most Foxconn employees work 10-hour days. Also, the rate at Riteng is 8.2 yuan per hour while the average rate is 10.2 yuan per hour at Foxconn.

"From our investigations we found that the labor rights violations at Foxconn also exist in virtually all other Apple supplier factories, and in many cases, are actually significantly more dire than at Foxconn," said China Labor Watch.

Back in January of this year, The New York Times published a report showing that Apple's Asian suppliers were violating the code of conduct repeatedly while Apple did nothing about it. The report described the daily lives of Apple's suppliers' employees, such as those at Apple's top electronics supplier Foxconn. Employees here complained of long working hours and overtime, where many worked 12-hour days at six or more days per week. Some employees’ legs would swell from standing so long as shifts ran 24 hours per day. According to Apple's code of conduct, employees are not to work over 60 hours per week. After the shift ended, 70,000 of Foxconn's employees are crammed into tiny dorms. As many as 20 employees are stuffed into a three-bedroom apartment.

Factory conditions were also a noted issue. For instance, the collection of aluminum dust inside Foxconn's factories in Chengdu and Shanghai resulted in two separate explosions. The first occurred in May 2011 in Foxconn's Chengdu factory, and the second occurred in the Shanghai factory in December 2011.

Apple responded to China Labor Watch's recent report saying that it has been making checks at its supply chain partners regularly.

"As part of our ongoing supplier responsibility program, our team has conducted thorough audits at every facility in China Labor Watch's report," said Kristin Huguet, Apple spokeswoman. "In some places, our auditors found issues similar to those described by China Labor Watch, including overtime violations."

Source: Reuters



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By shabodah on 6/29/2012 8:32:14 AM , Rating: 2
10 to 12 hour days? Oh no. Don't get me wrong, the conditions in China are not very good. Work, home, politics, it's a place I don't want to live. However, Americans work more and more hours and no one here complains much about that. This reminds me of Peta, Americans worrying about animals first, people second. Of course in this case, they are ignoring problems and home to complain about ones abroad, but it is the same time of thing. How about we focus on fixing our problems?




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By praktik on 6/29/2012 11:04:47 AM , Rating: 2
Ya except Americans have you know, labour rights, employer provided health care and various protections the Chinese worker could only dream of (which is ironic, that an ostensibly turbo-capitalist society treats its workers better than an ostensibly communist society). That being said, all is clearly not wonderful in the Land of the Free.

To your point that we should look inward rather than outward, some may look at where Apple is sourcing its jobs and look to domestic effects that has such as taking potential employment and manufacturing opportunities away from American workers. In this one narrow sense (among many), what happens there is affecting problems over here.

Lastly, while the stoic fairy tale of the American worker, dutifully showing up for work bright-eyed and bushy tailed for the last 20 hours of their 60 hour week makes us all feel good about how awesome we are - America's longer worker hours are a factor behind high rates of employee turnover, and survey results like these: (http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/03/wor...

"Money may be on workers’ minds, but that isn’t the only reason the American workforce is unhappy. Employees also cited lack of opportunities for growth and advancement (43 percent), heavy workload (43 percent), unrealistic job expectations (40 percent) and long hours (39 percent) as significant sources of stress. Additionally, less than half of employees (43 percent) said they receive adequate non-monetary rewards and recognition for their contributions at work and only 57 percent reported being satisfied with their employer’s work-life practices. Just 52 percent of employees said they feel valued on the job, only two thirds reported being motivated to do their best at work and almost a third (32 percent) indicated that they intend to seek employment elsewhere within the next year."


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