BBC News claims Apple ‘failing to protect Chinese factory workers’

“Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation,” Richard Bilton reports for BBC News.

MacDailyNews Take: At companies not named Apple Inc.

Bilton reports, “Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple’s promises to protect workers were routinely broken.”

MacDailyNews Take: By companies not named Apple Inc.

“It found standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at the Pegatron factories,” Bilton reports. “Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme’s conclusions.”

“Apple declined to be interviewed for the programme, but said in a statement: ‘We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions. We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our work is never done,'” Bilton reports. “It said it monitored the working hours of more than a million workers and that staff at Pegatron were averaging 55 hours a week.”

“Pegatron said it was carefully investigating Panorama’s claims and would take all necessary action if any deficiencies were found at their facilities,” Bilton reports. “Worker safety and well-being are our top priorities. We set very high standards, conduct rigorous training for managers and workers, and have external auditors regularly visiting our facilities to find areas for improvement,, a statement said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: These reports all carry the stench of hit-pieces since they go to ludicrous lengths to impugn Apple for the actions of others. Apple has done and continues to do more for Chinese workers than any company on earth. Blaming Apple for poor work conditions at Chinese companies is like blaming Bono for the spread of AIDS in Africa.

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  1. I thought an advantage of a communist dictator government was they are able to get done whatever is important to them. No red tape, just get it done.
    Why the hell doesn’t the Chinese care about their own people?!?!?

  2. The BBC “USED” to be a very respected organization. Panorama was one of the “gold standard” documentary programs I used to watch in my time growing up in England. Today it is a completely biased organization. I cannot today even read their web news. I used to read t every day several times a day.

    Just to show you how far they have gone towards being another FOX news here is footage of the BBC staging a FAKE chemical attack in Syria.

  3. Hey at least they don’t claim workers are chained to machines (ala Mike Daisey) Hitbait journalism is improving too…

    Now if the BBC had bothered to film any other factory, or market or really most workplaces in pretty much all of Asia (not just China) they’d find similar or -in most cases – worse conditions. The long days, hours is Asia’s work culture, not something a single company can ever change.

    Remember there’s actually intense competition to get jobs working for Apple factories, we’ve seen the photos showing huge queues every time that Foxconn/Pegatron/etc has has job openings. Clearly people WANT to work there as they’re much better off than elsewhere.

    1. Reminds me of all those articles that start with “I’m Apple biggest fan and I love my IPhone but… “.

      The Mac, clearly in sight on various occasions was placed there on purpose to build rapport and divert suggestions of bias. It’s a known PR trick but getting a bit obvious and overused.

  4. Did the report cover the line of people outside the factory waiting for an opening? Daily the line looks like a product launch at any Apple retail store. The dorms are not used as much as they used to, that’s a part of the factory old formula that is phasing out, but for the very poor coming from the rural areas for work it provides a wonderful place to start up in a larger city and still send money home. More and more workers live off campus because of increased wages. As far as young workers, the alternative is standing outside in the waiting line to get hired. BBC is no different than any other activist run news company. They report entertainment

  5. So, the takeaway from this is every device / product containing tin, i.e., anything with solder, i.e., anything with a circuit board, has a dirty supply chain.

    Quick! Get rid of everything you own that has a circuit board.

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