The Budget iPhone 5C Is Already Having Labor Issues
Sep 06, 2013 10:59
With just a little than a week to go, the iPhone 5C is attracting the wrong kind of attention - human rights groups for possible labor violations.
China Labor Watch spoke up about the number of ethical and labor violations by U.S. electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit, who is reportedly building the iPhone 5C. They accused the company of owing workers million in unpaid overtime wages and also forcing them to stand for 11 hours a day with only 30 minute lunch breaks.
There's also a lot more - from discriminating applicants for being too old or having tattoos to forcing eight workers to live together in a cramped up dorm room to making overtime mandatory. It's definitely not Foxconn level just yet, but its getting there.
Apple has already issued a lengthy statement saying that they're investigating the allegations. Here's a snippet, courtesy of AllThingsD:
As part of our extensive Supplier Responsibility program, Apple has conducted 14 comprehensive audits at Jabil facilities since 2008, including three audits of Jabil Wuxi in the past 36 months. We take any concerns about our suppliers very seriously, and our team of experts is on-site at Jabil Wuxi to look into the new claims about conditions there. Jabil has a proactive auditing program of their own and they have an excellent track record of meeting Apple’s high standards.
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