• Two Labor Rights Groups Accuse Apple Supplier Catcher Technology of Labor Violations

    According to an undercover report that was recently released by China Labor Watch and Green America, the Catcher-owned facility in Suqian, China is being accused of labor violations. The report states that workers in the plant are subjected to discriminatory hiring policies, forced to handle toxic materials without the proper protective gear and also forced to work excessive overtime to manufacture parts for Apple’s next-gen iPad Air.

    Overall, there have been 22 complaints which touch upon every area of factory operations from environmental and occupational safety to living conditions and wages. Catcher is being accused of discriminating against its potential hires by capping a recruitment age limit to 46 and refusing to hire people with tattoos. The report mentions that men are forced to remove their shirts to prove that they haven’t had any body modifications as well. Furthermore, the firm has been accused of forcing workers to lie on documentation stating that they have received safety training, despite receiving no training or inadequate training.

    Other violations include locked fire exits and windows, areas with flammable magnesium-alloy dust and pouring industrial waste directly into local sewers. According to the two labor rights groups, Catcher not only violate Apple’s supplier code of conduct but also disobeyed Chinese labor laws and the manufacturer’s internal policies. Furthermore, it’s the second time in two years that the Suqian plant has been found violating several rules and regulations.

    An Apple spokesperson stated that the Cupertino California company has “found some concrete areas for improvement in Catcher’s operations” during its most recent audit and “worked with Catcher to develop a corrective action plan” this past May. We’ll have to wait and see what ends up happening next as a result of this undercover report surfacing.

    Source: Green America via The New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Two Labor Rights Groups Accuse Apple Supplier Catcher Technology of Labor Violations started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. nakedcrook's Avatar
      nakedcrook -
      Typical Crapple...they do business with companies that treat people like disposable utilities...all in the name of creating their next outdated device.

      For shame...for shame. Anyone who uses an iPhone is guilty of aiding and abetting these Human rights violations. iSheep should be tried in a Human rights court, and sent to prison for life...and we should start with the iShepard of the iFlock...Tim Cook.
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      @nakedcrook... What do you care? China is the most populated country in the world. If they can't care for their labor, their folks why should the world be responsible for their acts. Apple buys parts from these companies. It DOES NOT own these companies. Android companies like micromax, HTC and Samsung hire these very same companies for various other parts idiot.
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