Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) in Labor Violation brouhaha again
A report from China Labor Watch has accused Jabil Circuit Co of certain labor abuses. A worker group said that an Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone component is being manufactured there. The Florida-based Jabil has been accused for various violations such as excessive working hours. The company has also been accused of forcing female workers to accept to take pregnancy tests before they are hired. In addition the workers are provided not more than 5 minutes to eat their meals.
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This is not the first labor practices accusation that the Cupertino based AAPL has faced. The technology giant designs all its products at its own headquarters. Post that, these products are built by a vast network of contract manufacturers and suppliers. The alleged accusations by Jabil had been documented at a Chinese plant in the Wuxi region in China. According to China Labor Watch, the rear plastic covers for an inexpensive iPhone are being manufactured here. This phone is slated to be unveiled on 10 September.
An Apple spokesperson, Kristin Huguet said that the company takes any concerns that come in from suppliers very seriously. She said that Apple’s team of experts are at the Jabil Wuxi site and are investigating the new claims that have cropped up about the conditions there. She added that Jabil has an audit program of their own and that they have met AAPL’s high-standards very consistently.
According to the report that has been sent in, the typical monthly base-salary at the Jabil factory is $245. The workers there have to put in 11 hours of unpaid overtime on a monthly basis. They are also required to take supervisor permission if they want to use the bathroom or have a drink of water. Apparently, the dormitories are overcrowded and 8 people share one room is what the report said.
China labor Watch is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2000. It has published numerous investigations of AAPL’s China operations. They say that all these reports are based on interviews that have been conducted with workers. Jabil says that they conduct 100 audits on an annual basis at all its operations to ensure that the working conditions are safe and healthy.