TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Labor Rights Group China Labor Watch (CLW) published a report on Sunday (September 8th) detailing labor breaches at Zhengzhou's Foxconn Factory, which manufactures products for Apple.
The facility is called the "iPhone City" and is reported to be the largest iPhone factory in the world, delivering half of the iPhones sold worldwide. CLW has been investigating the factory's working conditions for four years and finds that Foxconn and Apple are responsible for some of the significant abuses against Chinese workers.
According to the CLW report, the factory used shippers as well as student workers above the legal limit to ensure that orders were completed during the peak season. In addition, the company claims to have refused promised bonuses and used overtime opportunities in an illegal remuneration / punishment scheme as a means of attracting employees to hire new employees.
The report states that Foxconn is increasingly relying on labor to make work cuts. The Zhengzhou factory workforce is made up of nearly 50 percent of the workers who are sent. The report also accuses Apple Corporation of transferring its rising costs as a result of the American trade war to workers at a plant in China. From the summary of the report:
"Recent findings on working conditions at Zhengzhou Foxconn highlight several issues that violate Apple's own code of conduct. Apple has the responsibility and capacity to make fundamental improvements to the working conditions of its supply chain, but Apple is already shifting the costs of the trade war through its labor suppliers and profiting from the exploitation of Chinese workers. ”
Foxconn was recently criticized by CLW for violating labor rights at a factory in Hengyang, China, which manufactures Amazon products. A list of reported labor rights violations by managers at Zhengzhou Factory and Apple Corporation along with the full report can be found on the China Labor Watch website.
Update: Foxconn and Apple are reporting some of the breaches outlined by CLW.