Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Foxconn and Apple Admit Employing Too Many Temporary Workers

Foxconn and Apple Admit Employing Too Many Temporary Workers

Over half of all iPhones sold worldwide come from there. These emerged during Steve Jobs' tenure at Apple when there were multiple suicides at Foxconn factories.

"We have confirmed all workers are being compensated appropriately, including any overtime wages and bonuses, all overtime work was voluntary and there was no evidence of forced labor", the company said in a statement.

CLW led an examination of work conditions at the production line over a multi year time span and found that Foxconn and Apple are in charge of some noteworthy maltreatment of the Chinese workers. It added that less than 1% of workers were teenage interns. "This issue has been corrected". Student workers have been forced to work overtime hours, completing internships at the factory that are unrelated to their degree.

The latest report also claims that many employees in Zhengzhou face verbal abuse, and that the factory does not typically report work injuries. While Apple did not reveal what it will announce at the event, the market has widely anticipated that the USA consumer electronics giant will unveil three new iPhones with Hon Hai expected to serve as the major assembler.

Many believed Apple rather than Foxconn was at fault, while others were critical of Chinese labour laws. The company sent an investigator to the factory and met with Foxconn officials to discuss the heavy use of dispatch workers, but Apple and Foxconn are still allowing the activity despite violating the 10 percent standard, CLW said.

The 51-page report alleged student workers had been pushed to work overtime, bonuses were unpaid, and a high percentage of temporary or "dispatch" workers were used in violation of Chinese law.

Apple is reliant on the Taiwanese firm to build its iPhones
Apple is reliant on the Taiwanese firm to build its iPhones

According to CLW, Apple and Foxconn seek to produce about 12,000 iPhones per shift at the Zhengzhou plant.

Bloomberg cited a statement from Apple as saying after launching an investigation that it has found the "percentage of dispatch workers exceeded our standards" and that it was "working closely with Foxconn to resolve this issue". These reports reveal the progress that has been made.

"However, during the peak production seasons, workers at Zhengzhou Foxconn put in at least 100 overtime hours a month. There have been periods where workers had one rest day for every 13 days worked or even had only one rest day for a month".

The law states that Chinese companies can only use temporary workers - known as dispatch workers - in numbers up to 10% of its workforce.

With demand at its zenith during peak season, dispatch workers are commonly set up with Apple suppliers by agents who act as middlemen. For Apple, Foxconn assembles current products like the iPhone XR, and it is thought the company is already at work assembling the iPhone 11, which is scheduled to be announced by Apple tomorrow.

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