“Apple’s future plan to introduce a plastic iPhone is confirmed within this morning’s shocking report into labor abuses at manufacturing partner, Pegatron,” Jonny Evans reports for Computerworld. “As part of the investigation, China Labor Watch inserted people inside three of Pegatron’s factories. In one of these reports it confirms the future debut of a plastic iPhone: ‘Today’s work is to paste protective film on the iPhone’s plastic back cover to prevent it from being scratched on assembly lines. This iPhone model with a plastic cover will soon be released on the market by Apple,’ the report explains.”
Evans reports, “That’s not to say working conditions are as expensive as they should be. Pegatron is accused, among other things, of deliberately misleading Apple on such matters as employee overtime. ‘Pegatron has a falsified attendance recording system in which workers’ overtime is recorded to be less than the real amount. Each week, all workers are required by an HR assistant to check yes and sign their names on an overtime form. Workers are required to sign and are not to pay attention to the number of overtime hours written on the form; the document’s only purpose is to deceive Apple during inspections,’ the report explains.”
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