Report: Many labor violations at Chinese plant where iPhone 5C case is made


Shuttle buses take Jabil Green Point workers from dormitories to the factory.

Apple may be getting ready to officially debut new iPhones next week at a press event, but today a group that has been critical of the treatment of workers that make Apple products in the past is going after the company yet again. The group, China Labor Watch, claims to have found numerous worker violations at a Wuxi, China plant that is helping to make the plastic casing for the iPhone 5C.

The organization presented its findings in a new paper today, which claims their undercover investigation has documented many labor issues at the Jabil Green Point facility. In an interesting twist, the plant is actually owned by a U.S.-based company called Jabil Circuit, which has its headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The group claims that workers at the Jabil Green Point plant have to accept as much as 11 hours of unpaid overtime a month, along with more than 100 hours of monthly mandatory overtime, three times the amount that is supposed to be allowed under China's labor laws. It also claims some of those workers have to stand up as much as 11 hours per day with no rest except for 30 minute meal breaks.

China Labor Watch stated:

Despite half a decade of outside investigations and self-reporting on myriad labor abuse throughout its Chinese supply chain, Apple has continually failed to compel supplier factories to conform to Apple’s code of conduct and local labor laws before giving these suppliers Apple production orders.

In a statement sent to AllThingsD, Apple says it has conducted worker audits at that plant three times over the past 36 months. It added, "We take any concerns about our suppliers very seriously, and our team of experts is on-site at Jabil Wuxi to look into the new claims about conditions there."

The same organization released the results of a similar investigation of three factories in China owned by Pegatron in July that help to make Apple products, claiming to have found numerous labor violations at those facilities. There is a long history of labor issues at Chinese plants owned by Foxconn that also makes parts for Apple devices, including an explosion in 2011 in one facility that resulted in the deaths of three workers.

Source: China Labor Watch | Image via China Labor Watch

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The reports because it's true, and often companies like Apple pay them off or make them make changes if they want to remain their vendor.

There is one thing that's quite funny. Everytime a report like this comes out, then Apple little later claims everything is all fine at those factories. Then some few more months goes and a new report comes in again where it claims lots of violations at the Apple plants. Then a little time after that, then Apple comes back another time and claims everything is still fine at those plants.

Who should i believe. Apple or the reports?

I am not an apple fan but how is it apple's fault? If china doesn't care about their people. A guy just got chocked couple of days ago during interrogation in china. so that's apple's fault too? companies looking for cheap manufacturers and its their country who is responsible for their safety. they are free to sue apple there. but if there is no law how is it apple fault? you would think google didn't do the same thing by selling $199 nexus phone or tablet? oh wait google is always innocent. its just apple and microsoft evil empires

Edited by trojan_market, Sep 5 2013, 7:52pm :

Apple could get unemployed American monkeys to assemble their bland products instead.
It would create much-needed jobs, and Apple need not pass on the added cost on to consumers.

Well, when you have BILLIONS of people living in an authoritarian country, with no way to defend themselves, who, for the most part, unless you live in the major cities, are uninformed & uneducated, what do you expect? People still want their iphones, galaxies, LG TV's, walmart stuff
for cheap prices, so that's what you get.

naap51stang said,
Well, when you have BILLIONS of people living in an authoritarian country, with no way to defend themselves, who, for the most part, unless you live in the major cities, are uninformed & uneducated, what do you expect? People still want their iphones, galaxies, LG TV's, walmart stuff
for cheap prices, so that's what you get.

So if that exact same cheap Walmart item is sold at Target, Best Buy or Kmart they aren't made in China? Just the ones sold at Walmart.

The "everything sold at Walmart is made in China" thing got old years ago. Same crap you can buy elsewhere just a little cheaper.

NightmarE D said,

The "everything sold at Walmart is made in China" thing got old years ago. Same crap you can buy elsewhere just a little cheaper.

Yeah it's quite ridiculous. As though if I buy a TV at Walmart it will be made in China but if I buy the same TV at Ma 'n Pa's Good Ol' Fashioned Wholesome Downtown electronics store it will be made right in the heartland of the USA.

And let's not forget places like Lowes as well. Go to Harbor Freight which sells some seriously generic Chinese produced tools and buy a few and then go to Lowes and find the exact same tools, just with a different color guard and the "Kobalt" name on them and sold for a few dollars more and as a premium tool. In fact you can find the exact same type of folding utility knife sold about 10 different places with price points from $3 to $12.

Anytime I hear a factory has a "dormitory" I think wow... It just feels shady thinking they have their own place for you to live when you work for them... at least from a USA perspective, reminds me of the old Coal mining towns

There are many violations with any U.S company overseas. We just don't hear about it and company's cover it up.

-adrian- said,
well the us is violating laws all over the world..
I really can't analyze that any further. I may have been contributing to that for the last 18 years. ;-) (military)