by Joe White
September 5, 2013
In a new report, China Labor Watch has accused the supposed manufacturer of Apple's budget iPhone 5C of committing "a series of ethical and legal labor violations." As a reminder, back in July the same group also claimed that Apple-supplier Pegatron was violating Chinese workers' rights at its Shanghai and Suzhou factories. As such, China Labor Watch's new report is more bad press for the Cupertino, Calif. company, which is expected to unveil both an iPhone 5S and an iPhone 5C at a special media event on Sept. 10, 2013. The manufacturer in question this time round is Jabil Circuit, which China Labor Watch claims is producing the so-called iPhone 5C. Much like Foxconn and Pegatron, Jabil Circuit has factories based in China: workers in these factories are said to have been mistreated by the company, and have suffered unpaid wages, mandatory overtime, and inadequate pre-work training. China Labor Watch explains:
Among the infringements uncovered by CLW include millions of dollars in unpaid overtime wages; over 100 hours of monthly mandatory overtime, three times in excess of legal limits; more than 11 hours of standing work every day with no rest outside of 30-minute meal breaks; illegally inadequate pre-work training; hiring discrimination; and more.For the full report, please click this link. Though Apple is indeed expected to announce its next-generation iPhones in Cupertino, Calif. on Sept. 10, for the first time ever the company is planning on holding a standalone event in Beijing, China the following day (though according to our calculations, chief executive officer Tim Cook can't be at both). We'll keep you updated with more information as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Celebrate The 50th Anniversary Of The Porsche 911 With Real Racing 3, Et Tu, iDevice? Ancient Battle: Rome Invades The App Store, and Apple Offers Rare iTunes Sale On Top Singles.