Investigation into Apple supply chain reveals poor working conditions in Chinese factories & illegal Indonesian tin mines

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19 December 2014

Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'

Author: Richard Bilton, BBC Panorama, BBC News

Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken... Apple declined to be interviewed for the programme, but said in a statement: "We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions... Panorama also travelled further down Apple's supply chain to the Indonesian island of Bangka...It found children digging tin ore out by hand in extremely dangerous conditions - miners can be buried alive when the walls of sand or mud collapse... Apple says...[t]he simplest course of action would be for Apple to unilaterally refuse any tin from Indonesian mines... But that would also be the lazy and cowardly path, since it would do nothing to improve the situation... We have chosen to stay engaged and attempt to drive changes on the ground.

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19 December 2014

Apple labour conditions: Chinese workers who make products for tech giant 'work 16 hours a day, 18 days in a row', BBC claims

Author: Ian Johnston, The Independent

Undercover filmmakers pretending to be workers in a factory making Apple products in China had to work up to 16 hours a day and as many as 18 days in a row, according to an investigation by BBC Panorama... Workers were filmed as they fell asleep during 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories near Shanghai... One undercover reporter, who worked a shift lasting 16 hours, said: “Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move. Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night because of the stress.”... Apple said that workers would commonly sleep during breaks, but added it would look into the claim that they were falling asleep when they were at work. It added that staff at Pegatron worked on average for 55 hours a week.

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