• Pegatron under Fire after Recent Unexplained Deaths of "Several" Workers

    Recent unexplained deaths of “at least five workers” including a 15-year-old-boy, employed at mainland Chinese factories owned by contract manufacturer Pegatron, have once again shone a spotlight on labor practices at the OEM.

    After producing forged identity documents stating he was 20, the 15-year-old Shi Zhaokun was hired at a Pegatron plant in Shanghai. After one month in the factory, which manufactures labor Apple’s iPhone 5C, Shi died of pneumonia in a Shanghai hospital.

    Both Apple’s Supplier Code and Chinese labor laws stipulate that workers must be at least 16 years old and may not work more than 60 hours per week, both regulations that are alleged to have been breached by Pegatron. Time sheets provided by The New York Times by Shi’s families are stamped for an average of 77 hours each week, and while Pegatron didn’t dispute the documents’ validity, the manufacturer did not that the logs do not include break time.

    Shi’s death is the latest in a string of Pegatron worker fatalities this year and Chinese labor activists believe the deaths are related to working conditions at the company’s factories. Pegatron continues to deny the accusation but does acknowledge the deaths. For those of you who didn’t know, Pegatron was also accused of similar violations earlier this year. Following an “undercover” investigation by labor activist group China Labor Watch, reports surfaced that workers were often forced to exceed the 60-hour-per-week cap and some were docked pay for working shorter shifts. At the time, Apple said the following about China Labor Watch:

    Their latest report contains claims that are new to us and we will investigate them immediately. If our audits find that workers have been underpaid or denied compensation for any time they've worked, we will require that Pegatron reimburse them in full.
    We’ll have to see what happens as a result of the recent events.

    Source: The New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pegatron under Fire after Recent Unexplained Deaths of "Several" Workers started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      16 & 60hrs/wk... Yes, the world over needs lower working standards because that's good for people.
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