Holding US companies accountable for unsafe working conditions abroad is a major challenge. Does cheap labor equate to poor working conditions? Is China more interested in providing an abundance of jobs than a safe workplace as and more immigrants flock to the cities every year for work?Ares cheap and unsafe labor conditions really a political tool as a defense to revolution? Today's post is shared from theguardian.com/
Workers in Chinese factories making Apple products continue to be poorly treated, with exhausted employees falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts, the BBC has said after an undercover investigation.
Reporters who took jobs at the Pegatron factories found workers regularly exceeded 60 hours a week – contravening the company’s guidance – and that standards on ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were also breached.
The broadcaster said promises made by Apple to protect workers in the wake of a spate of suicides at supplier Foxconn in 2010 were “routinely broken”.
Apple said that it disagreed with the BBC’s conclusions.
The BBC filmed a health and safety exam at a Pegatron factory in which workers chanted out answers in unison, meaning there was little chance of failing.
The footage also appeared to show workers had no choice to opt out of doing night shifts or working while standing.
One reporter had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off, the BBC reported.
In response to the programme, Apple told the BBC: “We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions.
“We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done.”
The company said it was common for workers to sleep during breaks but it would investigate whether they were falling asleep while working.
It said it...
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