SHANGHAI – An Apple supplier in eastern China has denied accusations by a group of New York rights that its workers work in ten-hour shifts in noisy and polluted conditions, without adequate overtime pay or protections of adequate security to manufacture parts of MacBook and iPhone. before returning to the disgusting bedrooms with cold showers.
The charges highlight the difficulty of managing complex global supply chains, even for companies such as Apple, which have publicly adopted ethical sourcing as a business priority.
Catcher Technology, which runs the factory in Suqian, about 500 kilometers northwest of Shanghai, said in a statement Wednesday that it had investigated and "verified that none of the claims is accurate." Catcher also said he was about to acquire land near the factory to build new dormitories because he was "driven to improve the living standards of our employees."
China Labor Watch said its findings, published late Tuesday, were from a covert investigation that ran from October 2017 to January 2018.
It said workers without proper gloves had gotten irritated, peeling the skin of his hands. Others had machine oil splattered on their eyes. The main door of the workshop opened only 30 centimeters (12 inches) and the bedrooms lacked emergency exits: clear fire hazards, China Labor Watch said.
The report included photographs of neglected and neglected bedrooms and photos of foamy sewage that China Labor Watch said was overflowing on the sidewalks.
"Apple needs to defend its demand to comply with Chinese law," China Labor Watch executive director Li Qiang said in a statement. In 2013 and 2014, China Labor Watch investigated the same factory and noted similar violations of safety and labor rights.
Apple said it was an on-site monitoring team at the Catcher factory, which has made "significant progress" in raising standards. since 2012. In response to accusations by China Labor Watch, Apple said it sent a research team to Suqian to interview more than 150 workers, but "found no evidence that Catcher violated our standards."
"We know that our work never ends and we investigate each and every one of the allegations that are made," an Apple spokesman said Wednesday. "We remain dedicated to doing everything possible to protect workers in our supply chain and have a positive impact on the environment"