Apple’s manufacturing partner Pegatron is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons, as a Chinese workers-rights group has blasted it for the poor working conditions, WSJ reports. Among the many complaints, the biggest issues are the long working hours and withholding of work ID and salaries.
The soon-to-be published report by the Chinese labor watch claims that Pegatron is allegedly making the laborers work 60 hours every week, which is about 24 hours more than what Pegatron’s employees are generally promised and also withholding every worker’s IDs, which won’t allow them to work anywhere else. It has also been claimed that workers are not paid what they have been promised and in some cases the company is also said to be withholding their salaries.
Besides these, Pegatron allegedly has failed to provide suitable living conditions for the workers and also hasn’t provided good quality gloves required to protect the workers from the materials used to create metal back-plates for the iPad.
To these allegations, Apple has responded in a statement saying that it is “committed to providing safe and fair working conditions throughout our supply chain.” It also said that it has conducted 15 comprehensive audits at Pegatron facilities since 2007, including surprise audits within the past 18 months. Apple also confirmed that some labor brokers were withholding worker ID cards and demanded Pegatron “put a stop” to it.
This is not the first time that one of Apple’s supply partners has come under fire for poor working conditions. Last year, Foxconn was said to be under investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and CEO Tim Cook had famously said, “We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we’ve asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers.”