Factory workers for a company that builds Apple’s iPhones in China work excessively long hours for low pay, according to a new report by a labor rights group. New York-based China Labor Watch accuses Pegatron of violating Apple promises and Chinese labor law at its 70,000-worker Shanghai plant, which it says is Apple’s second-largest iPhone assembly plant. Specifically the report claims that: 71.1% of Pegatron workers work longer than 60-hour weeks during peak season in October. Apple limits supplier employee workweeks to “60 hours, except in unusual circumstances”Interviews with workers suggestthat “hidden, unpaid overtime” is rampant, including two mandatory 15-minute meetings each dayThe average monthly wage for Pegatron workers is $756, which is significantly lower than the average income of Shanghai residents. That works out to an average hourly rate of $1.82. China Labor Watch findings are from a data set of 1,261 pay stubs provided to the watchdog group by 18 current Pegatron Shanghai workers, who collected pay stubs from other workers. The vast majority of the paystubs are from September and October, which is the “busy season for iPhone production at Pegatron,” according to the report. Apple, which has taken steps to improve the transparency and the conditions… Read full this story
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