China: SACOM alleges ongoing hazardous working environment at Ri-Teng's Shanghai factory, assembler of Apple's iPad mini

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Company non-response
27 November 2012

Apple did not respond to: SACOM alleges ongoing hazardous working environment at factories producing Apple's iPad mini.

Company non-response
21 November 2012

Pegatron did not respond to: SACOM alleges ongoing hazardous working environment at Pegatron/Ri-Teng's Shanghai factory where Apple's iPad mini is assembled.

Company non-response
21 November 2012

Ri-Teng (part of Pegatron) did not respond to: SACOM alleges ongoing hazardous working environment at Pegatron/Ri-Teng's Shanghai factory where Apple's iPad mini is assembled.

Article
24 October 2012

Labor Group Calls Out Apple for iPad Mini Factory Conditions [China]

Author: Damon Poeter, PCMag

SACOM conducted off-site interviews with workers at Ri-Teng's Shanghai factory [Pegatron subsidiary, assembler of iPad mini]…[which] was the site of an explosion… last December…reportedly injured 61 workers…SACOM said workers pointed to an ongoing hazardous working environment…including poor ventilation, dust-filled shops, and poor protection from chemicals…SACOM alleged that Ri-Teng forces employees to work excessive and unpaid overtime schedules, abuses sub-contractors, "cheats" on its mandated contribution to workers' pension…Apple has maintained that it cares deeply for every worker, foreign and domestic… [also refers to Foxconn (part of Hon Hai)] [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Pegatron/Ri-Teng & Apple to respond - Pegatron/Ri-Teng declined to respond, Apple did not respond]

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Article
23 October 2012

iPad Mini-mizes Labour Rights [China]

Author: Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) [Hong Kong]

...Disappointingly, labour rights abuses are widespread at Riteng. The problems are rooted in the purchasing practice of Apple and in its ineffective monitoring system...Excessive overtime...Unpaid overtime...Abusive use of student workers...Cheating on social insurance...Exploiting dispatched labour...Pressuring injured workers...Hazardous working environment...Apple is root problem of the violations...only if workers can form genuine unions to defend their rights, working conditions can be improved. Equally important, Apple must raise the unit price and prolong the delivery time, so workers do not need to have excessive overtime to earn a living. Apple should also provide remedies to the workers for its negligence in enforcing labour rights standards.

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