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Apple faces new sweatshop allegations in China

Monday, July 29, 2013

This time it involves Pegatron Corp., which makes iPhones for Apple, and which a labor rights group accuses of excessive working hours and withholding workers’ pay. An excerpt from AP after the jump:

In its report Monday, China Labor Watch said the majority of Pegatron production employees worked 66 to 69 hours a week, far above China's legal limit of 49 hours. It said pregnant women sometimes were required to work 11-hour days, more than the eight-hour legal limit, and employees were pressured to falsify time cards to conceal the violations.

The group accused Pegatron of "discriminatory hiring practices" including refusing to hire those older than 35 or members of China's Hui, Tibetan, or Uighur ethnic minorities.

The group said production line workers sometimes dump water laced with hazardous chemicals from cutting tools into sewers.


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