Foxconn and Apple Admit Employing Too Many Temporary Workers

Foxconn and Apple Admit Employing Too Many Temporary Workers”

China Labor Watch (CLW) is a non-profit advocacy group which investigates conditions in Chinese factories.

In August 2018, dispatch workers even accounted for 55 percent of the total workforce at the Zhengzhou complex, the CLW report said. However, Chinese law clearly states that it can only go up to 10%.

Apple said that, after conducting an investigation, it found the "percentage of dispatch workers exceeded our standards" and that it is "working closely with Foxconn to resolve this issue".

Apple says that it is working to fix a problem in which too many temporary workers were found illegally working on the iPhone line at a Foxconn factory. However, the assemblers and suppliers have always been involved in churning out more handsets.

The temporary workers-also called dispatch workers-do not get full-time benefits like paid time off or health insurance.

"Our recent findings on working conditions at Zhengzhou Foxconn highlights several issues which are in violation of Apple's own code of conduct. Apple has the obligation and ability to make essential enhancements to the working conditions along its inventory network, be that as it may, Apple is presently moving expenses from the exchange war through their providers to laborers and benefitting from the abuse of Chinese specialists".

The factory, which has been dubbed "iPhone City", is operated by Foxconn and is the largest iPhone factory in the world. However, many were students who have now returned to school, bringing the number down to 30%.

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"We believe everyone in our supply chain should be treated with dignity and respect", Apple also said in a statement. The US company ensured that there are no longer students working overtime.

"We will not hesitate to take any additional steps that might be required to meet the high standards we set for our operations", Foxconn said. Previously, Apple is known to have similar issues in the past years. This could mean that Apple is expecting sales to go up this year.

Apple and its partner, Foxconn, is now under scrutiny due to their practices in making the latest iPhone 11.

Foxconn manufactures the iPhone, as well as other electronic devices for other brands. "Multinational corporations helped drive economic development in China but they have also exploited loopholes in Chinese labor laws", CLW reported.

Under China's labour laws, temporary workers can only comprise up to 10 per cent of any given company's workforce.

"At no time did we find any evidence of forced labour and we can confirm that this facility now has no interns working overtime", it said in a statement given to AFP. The report also made allegations about worker hours and compensation.

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