News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Apple/Mac / New China Labor Headaches for Apple
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
New China Labor Headaches for Apple, Now at Pegatron
New China Labor Headaches for Apple, Now at Pegatron
By Seth Fitzgerald / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
JULY
29
2013


Apple is under fire once again from the non-profit organization China Labor Watch. The group has come out to claim that at some of the largest factories operated by Pegatron, one of Apple's suppliers, the workers are underpaid and forced to work far too many overtime hours.

Pegatron also faces the same type of criticism that another supplier, Foxconn, has faced for the past couple of years, with reports of horrible working conditions and environmental dangers, but the withholding of pay is the primary concern this time.

Since the major stories regarding Foxconn came out in 2011 and 2012, Apple has continued releasing Supplier Responsibility Reports to keep a close eye on its supply chain.

Are Reports Trustworthy?

Unlike some of the claims and reports that come solely from organizations within China, China Labor Watch is based in New York, which adds some credibility to its claims.

By no means are these reports coming out for the first time either. China Labor Watch released a report in 2012 stating that workers at Foxconn were working close to six times the maximum amount of overtime hours. While Foxconn might not be the same as Pegatron, its records have been equally spotty.

As the claims piled up against Foxconn, Apple decided that it would try and move away from using Foxconn factories, eventually resulting in Pegatron becoming one of the main iPad, iPhone, and Mac manufacturers. Foxconn has maintained its position as Apple's largest manufacturer, but Pegatron has been growing and now has 70,000 workers.

China Labor Watch has supposedly been working undercover in three Pegatron factories since March to conduct 200 interviews with workers. The interviews have been the basis for its recent report stating that Apple has yet to fix worker conditions along its supply chain.

Apple's Response

Within a few hours of China Labor Watch's most recent report coming to light, Apple released its own statement regarding the issue.

"Their latest report contains claims that are new to us and we will investigate them immediately," Apple said.

Apple has conducted 15 audits since 2007 at Pegatron facilities covering 130,000 workers. Whether or not these audits do anything is up for debate, since it was discovered there are consulting firms specifically helping Chinese factories pass audits by generating both real and fake records.

Apple says that it has worked closely with China Labor Watch in the recent past to make sure there are no issues along its supply chain, and some of the organization's claims have been proven as a result of Apple's cooperation.

Apple said in its statement Monday that it would audit the Pegatron factories in an attempt to fix any wage or working-condition issues.

"All core violations must be stopped and corrected immediately," Apple said. "Our preference is to fix problems so they don't happen again, rather than just fire the supplier."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.
MORE IN APPLE/MAC
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 
Are Government Spies Tipping Off Tor?
Less than a month ago, tech news headlines heralded a Tor Project breach. Now, some are saying that government spies are sharing information with Tor to help it prevent future breaches.
 
Backoff Malware Hits 1,000+ Businesses, Likely More
More than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. might have been affected by Backoff, a new kind of point-of-sale (PoS) malware, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Alert: HP Recalls 5 Million Notebook AC Power Cords
HP is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in the U.S. and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.
 
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 
Verizon Hops on the Voice-Over-LTE Bandwagon
Wireless provider Verizon is gearing up for a nationwide launch of its Voice-over-LTE service over the next several weeks, promising clearer and crisper phone calls and a Skype-like video service.
 
Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Law in California; Will Other States Follow?
California’s new law -- signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday -- aimed at deterring cellphone theft could mean most mobile phones sold in the U.S. will soon include similar “kill-switch” tech.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.