Chinese Labor Group Alleges Poor Working Conditions at Apple Supplier Pegatron

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As reported by the Wall Street Journal, a Chinese worker's rights group has brought forth allegations of poor working conditions at Pegatron, a primary supplier to Apple and longtime electronics manufacturing company. Specifically, the worker group accuses that the company has made numerous safety and workplace violations, including the unethical holding of worker pay and identification cards, as well as poor living conditions within the factory including tight living quarters and packed cafeterias.

    Apple has replied to the allegations, stating the following:
    Apple also confirmed that various labor brokers affiliated with Pegatron were withholding ID cards, and further committed to investigating claims against the company. Analysts estimate that Pegatron's Pudong district factory now produces one-third of the world's iPhone and iPads, with the company as a whole expanding its overall workforce from 50,000 workers in March to 70,000 presently.

    The news comes after Apple announced last week that it was forming an academic advisory board for its Supplier Responsibility program, saying that it wanted to ensure "safe and ethical working conditions wherever its products are made." Apple has also published Supplier Responsibility Progress Reports every year since 2007, tracking the ethical progress of its suppliers in order to bring transparency to its product manufacturing process.

    Article Link: Chinese Labor Group Alleges Poor Working Conditions at Apple Supplier Pegatron
  2. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2004
    of my hand will get me slapped.
    ANYONE who deals with / has dealt with China knows the kind of stuff they pull over there. This is not a surprise.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2007
    If you look close enough, you'll find dirt everywhere.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Makes me appreciate the working conditions at my job just a little but more
  6. macrumors 68020


    Nov 23, 2011
    It's good that this is being brought to public attention and that Apple are trying to do something about this. Let's hope other manufacturers such as HP and DELL do their own internal investigations in these factories.

    Shame other computer companies can copy Apple's laptops, but not their ethics ;)

    Yes, I'm aware Apple aren't perfect either, please take what I said with a pinch of sodium chloride
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    I wonder if the Labor Group is funded by Foxconn.
  8. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    China is like the wild west. These accusations will continue indefinitely.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2010
    Apple can come up with any crappy excuses and long letters trying to justify themselves.
    The truth is they don't give a damn! All they care about is the margins: as long as the Chinese floks work for $2 per hour, they are happy!
  10. macrumors 603


    May 21, 2012
    To such an extent this is a given, not news.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2012
    I bet other companies do have better work conditions...:rolleyes: Nah, it's just apple, I guess .
  12. macrumors 68000

    Mar 1, 2010
    Its up to Pegatron & the Chinese government to fix their own mess and not rely on another country to do it.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    So true.

    To claim they're doing something about it, is an example of Apple's special brand of hypocrisy in action.

    Apple is milking it for all it's worth. They've got everything to gain and nothing to lose. If not for these conditions, Apple wouldn't be the ultra wealthy corporation they are. Addicted to money, Apple's the one that's laughing all the way to the bank.
  14. macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    This thread going to the PRSI forum in 3…2…1…

    That's probably true for any for-profit business. No need to really single out Apple.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Read the story. Nobody is accusing Apple of anything. Its a supplier, who just happen to supply Apple with a lot of stuff. I'm sure you'll see it reported elsewhere as "Chinese Labor Group Alleges Poor Working Conditions at <Insert Pegatron Customer> Supplier Pegatron".

    So no. No its not "just apple" :rolleyes:
  16. macrumors 603


    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Just continue to turn a blind eye everyone. Meanwhile in other country's where the governments routinely float human rights, the west goes to war with them or arms people to help bring down the governments...

    But of course those country's aren't providing the western capitalist society with it's cheaply made tech and clothes.. Shareholders profits way more important then ANY human life, apparently.

    Basically, look in the mirror before you look at Apple or anyone else on these subjects.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    May 30, 2007
    I wonder if Shockwave is behind this. He's always wanted to get rid of Megatron.
  18. macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    people often overlook that apple simply goes after the most capable lowest bidder for the job. how they conduct themselves might be well out of apple's control, especially if said company falsely reports their conditions to ensure they keep their contract for future work. it might also be a case of there not being a competetive alternative as many of these companies are as capable and as cheap because of the labor practices they utilze
  19. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010


    It might be completely out of Apple's control, but as a high profile client of Pegatron's Apple can make demand's (which they are doing). If Pegatron want's to keep Apple, they will make some changes.
  20. macrumors 68020

    Mar 23, 2006
    When you continuously play off your suppliers and manufacturers to get the absolute lowest price above all else this is always going to happen.

    Apple should build their own factories and show what can be achieved.

    It's a shame that we no longer seem to have any large companies who believe in social responsibility and the welfare of their workers. It all seems to come down to squeezing the last penny of profit out of everything they do.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2004
    You must be new. In the U.S. this will definitely be reported as an "Apple" problem. No other manufacturer will be mentioned by name... at all. That's the way things go down here. Put "Apple" in the headline to get the most clicks. standard procedure for news blogs these days.


    Care to cite a U.S. or foreign tech company that does give a damn?
  22. macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    It's a rotten world, but what else is new... All will be cleansed by an asteroid some day.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2011
    ...says the guy typing this on one of his many Apple products. Lol :rolleyes:
  24. macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Unfortunately, building their own factories would be considered too expensive. Many people and companies try to maximize profits.

    I agree. While profit is important, so is workplace conditions, employee happiness, etc. Plus, Apple could possibly afford their own factories. Maybe even in the US. Plus, think how cool they would be.
  25. macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    Typical new age anglo hypocritical theoretic.

    Shaun they squeeze every penny so that you can buy a cheap TV, computer, Iphone, boiler, fridge, cooker and so that you may retain the quality of life you have in the UK. That includes all the welfare, NHS, subsidies, etc.

    If you are a vegan and live off the land ,use no electronics or the NHS then I take back what I said!...and appologise

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