[News] Taipei Times: On SACOM 2018 Investigative Report on Apple Watch’s Student Workers

Taipei Times – Quanta under fire over student labor

The Hong Kong-based NGO said students were working at a plant in Chongqing, China, as part of purported internships, but had to work at night and overtime.

Apple Inc is investigating a factory in southwest China after a labor rights group said the tech giant’s supplier forced student workers to work “like robots” to assemble its popular Apple Watch.

The report raises fresh questions about the practices of suppliers Apple uses to build its gadgets in the country.

Many of the students were compelled to work in order to get their vocational degrees and had to do night shifts, according to an investigation by Hong Kong-based non-governmental organization (NGO) Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM).

The NGO demanded Apple investigate and bring the labor practices in line with the firm’s own policies and those of the local and central Chinese government.

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