Apple Manufacturing Factory Under Fire
As iPhone’s spike in popularity after the release of the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, demand continues to increase as well. Many of the iPhones that are sold are manufactured within China, where labor laws generally are loosely enforced within manufacturing facilities. A factory located in Shanghai and ran by a contract manufacturer known as Pegatron, which has been the location of multiple worker deaths in the last few months, is being accused of overworking its employees. Even though Apple has recently been attempting to limit overtime hours to 60 the factory is supposedly working employees as much as 72 hours per week, according to an investigator with China Labor Watch. Just last week Pegatron announced multiple workers died of various illnesses. The family of one of the workers who perished recently claimed that their underage child died in part due to overwork. However, Pegatron noted that the teenage child died of severe pneumonia and that all recent deaths were unrelated and were not a result of working or living conditions at the factory. When questioned for comment, Apple did not respond to the request and Pegatron declined to comment.