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Apple, Foxconn broke Chinese labor law to build latest iPhones

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-- During peak production periods, resignations are not approved.

-- Some dispatch workers have not received promised bonuses.

-- Student workers do overtime during peak production season, even though regulations on student internships prohibit this.

-- Some workers put in at least 100 overtime hours each month, during busy production periods. Chinese labor law limits monthly overtime to 36 hours.

-- Workers must get approval to not do overtime. If requests are denied and staff still choose not to work overtime, they are admonished by managers and miss out on future overtime opportunities.

-- Workers sometimes have to stay at the factory for unpaid meetings at night.


-- The factory doesn't provide adequate protective equipment for staff.

-- Work injuries are not reported by the factory, and verbal abuse is common there.

While overtime is allegedly often required, most workers want to work overtime to make more money, according to an anonymous diary written by a CLW investigator in the factory.

"We looked into the claims by China Labor Watch and most of the allegations are false," Apple said. "We have confirmed all workers are being compensated appropriately, including any overtime wages and bonuses, all overtime work was voluntary and there was no evidence of forced labor."


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