Apple and Foxconn broke Chinese labor law to build latest iPhones

Apple, Foxconn say they overly relied on temporary workers in China

Apple, Foxconn say they overly relied on temporary workers in China

The labor report comes as tensions between the U.S. and China have threatened to upend supply chains across the technology industry with tit-for-tat import tariffs. The company was responding to a report from China Labor Watch that alleged the company broke local laws and its own standards to produce the iPhone 11. However, Chinese law clearly states that it can only go up to 10%.

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".

According to the recent reports by CLW, the advocacy group revealed that undercover investigators were sent to work in China's Zhengzhou plant of Foxconn which also included one investigator who had been employed there for four years.

The latest report also claims that many employees in Zhengzhou face verbal abuse, and that the factory does not typically report work injuries. According to the report, workers at Zhengzhou Foxocnn put in at least 100 overtime hours a month during peak production seasons. Foxconn, officially referred to as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., hires tens of thousands of momentary workers to ramp up manufacturing and meet iPhone demand throughout the key holiday season annually. It has an office in New York City and one in Shenzhen that offers a hotline for factory workers in China, according to its website. CLW says that the number has now fallen from 50 percent to 30 percent, but that still violates Chinese labour laws. The US company ensured that there are no longer students working overtime.

Foxconn said it had found that the number of temporary workers was "not consistent with company guidelines".

Even the new $329 entry-level iPad is looking pretty Pro
All the rumors predict that Apple will announce three models - iPhone 11 , iPhone 11 Pro , and iPhone 11 Pro Max. You'd expect the starting price to go up from last generation, but actually, it is staying the same.

"We believe everyone in our supply chain should be treated with dignity and respect", the company said in a statement. This could mean that Apple is expecting sales to go up this year.

This is not the first time that Apple and Foxconn have come under fire for abhorrent working conditions related to the production of iPhone handsets (and other gadgets).

Foxconn manufactures the iPhone, as well as other electronic devices for other brands.

Though dispatch workers actually make higher average hourly wages than employees, they don't receive critical benefits like unemployment insurance and pension contributions, paid sick leave, medical benefits, and paid vacation. Even if Apple is being honest in this case, some of the staff is made of student intern workers.

To attract temporary workers for repetitive, low-paying assembly line jobs, agents often promise bonuses worth several times the worker's monthly salary. The Chinese labor law grants only 10% of dispatch workers to total up the workforce.

Recommended News

  • Hyundai goes retro-futuristic with its 45 EV concept

    Hyundai goes retro-futuristic with its 45 EV concept

    In all, it's a pretty slick and well equipped subcompact that gives you the opportunity to have some fun in the N Line version. The i10 will be offered with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility.
    CA Bill Passes Allowing College Athletes to Profit from Endorsements

    CA Bill Passes Allowing College Athletes to Profit from Endorsements

    The bill would make it legal for college athletes to make profits from sponsorship deals without the risk of losing scholarships. It is anticipated that those proposals will be forthcoming in a formal report to the NCAA's Board of Governors in October.
    Iran is developing nuclear weapons ―Israel PM

    Iran is developing nuclear weapons ―Israel PM

    Abadeh is a small city famous for its carpets, located some 500 kilometers (300 miles) southeast of Tehran, Iran's capital. Netanyahu firmly opposed the nuclear deal and then urged Trump to withdraw from it.
  • U.S. Rallies to Win 47th Walker Cup

    U.S. Rallies to Win 47th Walker Cup

    Gough and Harry Hall edged Stewart Hagestad and Bhatia Akshay 2 and 1, and Gough beat Isaiah Salinda 2 up in singles. He captured a 2-and-1 victory over Conor Gough in singles play, helping team U.S. win eight of 10 singles matches.
    Scientists Reconstruct What Happened The Day The Dinosaurs Died

    Scientists Reconstruct What Happened The Day The Dinosaurs Died

    Researchers probing the impact that wiped out the dinosaurs find evidence of wildfires and tsunami in the rocks at ground zero. Charcoal and a chemical biomarker linked to soil fungi were also found within or above layers of sand in the impact crater.
    Detroit Lions collapse in Week 1: Here are 5 bright spots

    Detroit Lions collapse in Week 1: Here are 5 bright spots

    It's the second straight year a game ended in a tie in the first week after the Browns and Steelers did the same thing last year. The Lions will return home to take on the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0), who just beat the Andrew Luck-less Colts, 30-24.
  • Tokyo slammed by deadly typhoon

    Tokyo slammed by deadly typhoon

    Some damage was also reported on rails, including a tree fall on a line from Tokyo to the southern suburbs towards Yokohama. Ahead of the typhoon, JMA issued storm surge, flood, and landslide warnings, and asked the public to avoid going outdoors.
    Search warrants served in USA  boat probe

    Search warrants served in USA boat probe

    She said officials had already interviewed the owner-operator of the dive boat, but didn't offer any further details. Authorities have been trying to determine the cause of the fire and why no one below the deck was able to escape.
    Casey ends five-year wait for title

    Casey ends five-year wait for title

    Paul Casey warned anyone who would listen entering the final round of the European Open that he was the player to beat on Sunday. It was the second victory of the year for the 42-year-old Casey after lifting the trophy at the Valspar Championship on the U.S.
  • Wendy's Reveals Plan To Launch Breakfast Menu Nationwide In 2020

    Wendy's Reveals Plan To Launch Breakfast Menu Nationwide In 2020

    It's the biggest daypart at the country's second-largest chain, Starbucks, along with its rival, Dunkin'. On Sept. 9, the company announced a nationwide rollout for breakfast in 2020.
    Movember: Man of More Words | Creative Works

    Movember: Man of More Words | Creative Works

    As WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus points out, every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues. If you are suffering from emotional strain or suicidal thoughts, seek professional help.
    3m BA pilots strike over pay

    3m BA pilots strike over pay

    On its website , British Airways says: "We understand the frustration and disruption BALPA's strike action has caused you". Last night the Balpa pilots' union promised a "lengthy" campaign of industrial action until the row is resolved.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.