Apple’s New Supplier “Pegatron” Are Worse Than Foxconn Says New Report
Peter Donnell / 5 years ago
Apple are shifting many of their contracts from Foxconn to Pegatron and while we all know that Foxconn don’t exactly have a clean record for how they treat their staff, Pagatron is said to be much worse.
Pagatron have been scrutinised for the conditions that are faced by its massive 70,000 strong work force. China Labor Watch, the US-based worker welfare monitor alleges that Chinese factories run by the Taiwan based manufacturer are “even worse” than Foxconn’s.
Lets keep in mind that child workers, high suicide rates, insanely long work hours, blackmailing workers by withholding pay, poor living conditions and more are just some of the issues that plagued Foxconn alone, so worse than that isn’t exactly a good place to start for Pegatron.
China Labor Watch claim that they have found many health and safety violations, poor living conditions in dorms, and the coercion of workers by withholding their pay or identity cards, all of which violate both Chinese law and Apple’s own supplier policy, yet it’s also reported that Apple are failing to treat abuses with the same urgency that it applies to lapses in product quality.
Apple claims that it has audited Pegatron facilities 15 times in six years, saying that a recent survey found Pegatron employees working 46 hours a week average. Saying they had dealt with ID cards being withheld and that the new reports claims are “new to us”, but the will be investigated thoroughly.
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