Apple comes under fire for failing to protect workers

Undercover journalists in Chinese iPhone factories tell grim tales of working conditions

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Apple comes under fire for failing to protect workers Apple’s latest pledge dates back to 2010, when 14 workers killed themselves in another iPhone manufacturer’s factory.
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 22, 2014

Apple Inc has been accused of failing to live up to its pledge to protect Chinese factory workers making its iPhone handsets.

A BBC video report concentrating on undercover workers at Taiwan-based Pegatron's Chinese factories, where it also makes iPads, said they found widespread examples that Apple's guidelines on employee treatment were not being adhered to

Apple's latest pledge dates back to 2010, when 14 workers killed themselves in another iPhone manufacturer's factory.

The BBC's undercover reporters got jobs through agencies and "within minutes rules were broken", according to the report. ID cards, required by law to be carried at all times, were confiscated.

"They said they needed to see my ID," said one witness, whose face was obscured to protect his identity. "When they got it they didn't return it to me. I demanded that they return it. I felt helpless."

Workers have to pass a health and safety exam, but it is conducted in an auditorium where answers are chanted out by candidates, so everyone passes. Employees are given a choice of whether they want to work nights or remain standing during shifts, but they are coached on their responses.

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