The non-profit China Labor Watch group says they have uncovered multiple labor violations in a U.S. owned factory in China. The factory is currently among those producing the soon to be released new iPhone for Apple.
China Labor Watch says the plant infringements include millions of dollars in unpaid overtime wages, lack of rest for workers besides a 30 minute meal break, inadequate pre-work training, discrimination in hiring practices, and more.
The China Labor Watch group says the violations contradict the codes of conduct of both Apple and Jabil Circuit.
Jabil Circuit is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. You can read the full PDF report at this link. Apple has a history of claims that labor in its partner plants have been mistreated, most recently in a report about Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron.
Apple hasn’t commented on the recent claims by China Labor Watch, but the company has been quoted in the past as saying it is “committed to providing safe and fair working conditions throughout our supply chain.”
Apple does perform unscheduled surprise inspection visits at all contractor sites, and investigates claims of abuse.
iPhone factory Jabil Circuit accused of labor abuses originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.