Apple Working to Remedy Labor Violations Found at Quanta Factories

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Fair Labor Association (FLA) today published a new report examining two factories operated by Apple-supplier Quanta Computer, finding several code violations related to working hours, recruitment policies, compensation, health and safety, and more in August of 2013 [PDF] (via TechCrunch).

    Factories examined included a Quanta facility in Shanghai and one in Changshu. Quanta is a long-time Apple partner that manufactures Apple's MacBook Air and much of the rest of the company's Mac lineup.

    Violations were found in both locations, with some of the more egregious issues including verbal abuse by supervisors, a hiring fee charged to workers by a broker or labor dispatch agent and long working hours. According to the report, 62 percent of workers in Changshu received no rest day for much of Q4 2012, working as many as 16 days in a row.

    Overall score summary of management functions at Changshu
    Many workers were also underpaid for sick leave and may have been uncompensated for up to an hour of work each day, based on clock in and clock out times. Some workers were forced into joining the All China Federation of Trade Unions, and there were several safety violations.

    Both of the factories fell short of the local requirements for indoor air quality, and neither had easy access to a shower/eyewash station in case of emergency. There was no active worker participation in the Employee Health and Safety committees, and flammable and toxic substances were stored improperly at Shanghai while chemicals at Changshu were not properly monitored.

    The Fair Labor Association provided a number of recommendations to improve conditions at the factory, and according to the report, Apple is using the recommendations to work with Quanta to fix each code violation. Apple released a statement on the FLA's Quanta inspection, stating that it has worked closely with Quanta to bring improvements to working conditions.
    Apple initially signed up for factory assessments by the Fair Labor Association back in 2012, following a rash of worker suicides at Foxconn, the factory responsible for assembling many of Apple's mobile devices. The FLA has since helped to improve working conditions in several of Apple's factories, with Apple aiming to bring all workplace compliance standards in line with the FLA's guidelines.

    Apple also maintains a Supplier Responsibility team that audits supply chain facilities to ensure compliance with Apple's strict code of conduct preventing underage labor and providing safe, comfortable living conditions for workers. An additional Supplier Responsiblity academic board also evaluates Apple's labor policies and practices and researches labor standards within the supply chain to create ethical working conditions wherever Apple products are produced.

    Article Link: Apple Working to Remedy Labor Violations Found at Quanta Factories
  2. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Americans "why I'd work that job for free! They should quit complaining"

    Watch how Americans don't mind that wealthy businessmen (apple) takes advantage of poor favored workers.
  3. macrumors 601


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    If I were to count the number of times in my life I've worked 16+ days straight on my fingers...well, I'd need a lot more fingers.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  5. Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    A lot of factories have dormitories where the workers sleep. There are also fast food restaurants and stores so they can stay on site.
  6. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Man, I sure hate it when people try to improve anything about the world. Especially when they succeed! How dare people track and report this information and then follow up on it!

    (Just helping people out who seem to feel that way about any thread relating to something other than profit and leaked bits of metal :p )
  7. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    Samsung is a big company. Why are there never any labor violations reported there ? ?
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    I think that goes for a lot of people these days.

    There is some.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2014
    cause they haven't found any violations that other companies are committing they believe are 'cool enough' to commit themselves.
  10. Z400Racer37, Aug 15, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2014

    macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    They're not taking advantage of them, those workers out there under their own free will, and because they get a better deal working there than they would anywhere else.

    If Apple is actively trying to improve the working conditions in their supplier factories, that's fine, but let's not pretend that there's massive oppression going on here.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2005
    Universe 0 Timeline
    But how can such travesties occur in a worker's paradise? Especially when those workers are protected by the All China Federation of Trade Unions?
  12. macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2012
    Over time should be voluntary and available for employees to take advantage of! Forced over time is not unusual . Working at the airport for instance! You plan to go home at 8pm and a thunder storm moves in? Guess what? You be their after midnight!
  13. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I"m curious about something. What other companies are clients of this one. What do their labor records look like.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2006
    There are likely dozens of other clients to these companies. I don't see anything in the article suggesting that these violations were restricted to the employees/lines working on Apple products.
  15. macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    I heard that's what it's like working at Google. They make it so that there's no reason to go home.
  16. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    Like Apple, Samsung has been trying to crack down on their suppliers.

    They even go the lengths of providing facial recognition equipment to their suppliers to keep people from sneaking in using someone else's ID, which use to be very common.

    However, neither Apple nor Samsung can really stop this kind of thing, since it's so prevalent in that part of the world. Moreover, many teens buy fake IDs so they can get summer jobs.


    Programmers are abused all the time :)

    For example, we're finishing up a project with a hard deadline, so we've been coding for 80 hours a week, and then sometimes 24 hours on weekends. As salaried workers, we get no overtime.

    Sometimes I'd love to have a job where I was guaranteed just 8 hours a day. OTOH, it wouldn't pay as much.
  17. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    I was just curious why it's only Apple we hear about when it comes to labor violations when I'm sure all the big companies are fighting this problem.
  18. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    Mostly because reporting about Apple gets lots of clicks :)

    And we're on an Apple oriented website.
  19. DonJudgeMe, Aug 15, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2014

    macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2014
    This is pretty funny. People would **** themselves if they realized how poorly the people that answered their phones and kept all of their customers were being treated! And that is right here in the US! WAKE UP PEOPLE!
  20. macrumors 604

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    no rest ? ouch, that's harsh...

    Their not dogs....

    Give em a kit kat, and soilder on. :D

    Working hours may be different, but no one can work non-stop.... Maybe these guys should of had robot workers instead of Foxconn...

    They need it more.
  21. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    That's right, not only do you get paid ten times what these people get, you also have room for creativity, enjoy real challenges, get a real sense of accomplishment upon completion, typically get recognition, and don't have to do the same thing every day, every hour of the day.


    Hello! 1957 called and wants your opinion back!
  22. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    Well, all that used to be true, anyway :)

    Things will never be like they were before the dot-com bust. Ah, those were the days! Money flowed like water.

    Now it's a boss's market, and everyone's fighting to keep their job.

    Btw, long ago I was in the Army, and have little sympathy for civilians who complain about doing voluntary hard work.
  23. macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley
    Yeah, how dare he mention China's idealogical roots, and massive restrictions on freedom! </sarc>

    Oh, you were being snarky. That's just so darn cool....
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
  25. macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2012
    As a salaried employee you must still be paid for overtime under law. I am salaried and am paid overtime all the time. It is also illegal to work more than 40 hrs a week without paid overtime and illegal to work more than 7 days without a day of rest.

    All of you need to seriously report this to your representatives!

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