Apple suppliers accused of poor treatment of workers


LONDON: Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products are poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, British broadcaster the BBC found in an investigation broadcast on Thursday (Friday in Manila). Reporters who took jobs undercover at the Pegatron factories found workers regularly exceeded 60 hours a week—more than the company’s guidance—and that standards on ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were also breached. The broadcaster said promises made by Apple to protect workers in the wake of a spate of suicides at supplier Foxconn in 2010 were “routinely broken.”


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