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China Labor Watch (CLW) today released another excoriating report on working conditions at an Apple supplier in China, taking aim at a US-owned company that is reportedly manufacturing the rumored "low-cost" iPhone. CLW's report, published Thursday, cites several "ethical and legal labor violations" at a factory owned by Jabil Circuit, a relatively little-known company based in St. Petersburg, Florida.


According to the New York-based nonprofit, employees at Jabil's factory in Wuxi, China are regularly forced to work excessively long hours without overtime pay, including more than 11 hours of standing work every day. They also face discriminatory hiring practices and are given inadequate training, CLW claims.


Today's report comes more than a month after CLW made similarly damning accusations against Taiwan-based Pegatron Group, a supplier that is also believed to be involved with the production of Apple's lower-priced smartphone (widely referred to as the "iPhone 5C"). Apple has yet to confirm plans to release a budget iPhone, though the device is expected to be announced at an event on September 10th.


Apple has come under intense criticism from worker rights advocates in recent years, most notably for alleged violations at Foxconn plants in China. The Cupertino, California-based company claims to have cracked down on its various suppliers, enforcing a self-mandated 60-hour work week and conducting regular audits of overseas factories. In March, Apple said that 99% of its suppliers were in compliance with its weekly limits, and independent reports have shown signs of improving conditions.


But CLW says Jabil continues to violate Apple's code of conduct at its Wuxi factory; according to its investigation, it is common for employees there to work 110 hours of overtime each month

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I've often wondered if Apple suppliers are worse than anyone else or just get caught more.

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