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Employees at Apple supplier Pegatron found to be working more than 60 hours a week

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A new report has surfaced detailing how Apple supplier Pegatron is overworking employees more than the maximum 60 hours a week specified by Apple. Workers at the Shanghai plant need to put in more hours simply to make ends meet, according to the report.

This isn't the first (and nor will it be the last) time one of Apple's suppliers have been pulled into the spotlight over worker conditions. China Labor Watch states that 83% of workers will clock overtime in excess of 80 hours a month, with over 70% of employees working above the limit set by Apple.

From PC World:

"Pegatron Shanghai has 70,000 employees. The report is based mainly on the analysis of data from 1,261 payment stubs collected mostly for the months of September and October last year, described as the busy season for iPhone production at Pegatron. Workers at the factory are said to be paid US$1.82 an hour, and the overtime pay as a percentage of workers' gross wages is as high as 42.4 percent."

While local law demands that monthly overtime hours not exceed 36 hours, it's believed just 1.1% of the 70,000 employees are within the limit. Previously, Pegatron was the target of an undercover BBC investigation, which highlighted this issue.

35 Comments
  • $1.82 an hour? I'm ignorant to cost of living and things over there but that seems like a horrible wage. The conditions that others must work through just so I can have a pretty phone that does extra things when I press hard is kind of sad. And I'm guilty of contributing to the problem because I will probably still get an iPhone 7 when it releases. Wish there was something Apple could/would do to help the situation.
  • Its normal over there. Thats the reason no one builds in us. Minimum here is so much more than there.
    And you are hardly contributing to it buy buying the products, (android, apple, anything) because thats the price their company pays its employees. Infact if the company over here wasn't selling as much they'd order less then those workers would get paid less or lose jobs Sent from the iMore App
  • You're a horrible human being if you think what Pegatron is doing to these employees is okay.
  • I think it shows how warped our minds are when we rationalize this stuff by saying "it's normal over there so it's not that bad. It's actually alright." Nothing about that is ok.
  • No one said being under paid is a good.
    But fact is being paid low is quite normal over there. There is a reason companies all over the world goto these places to manufacture.
    And its no where near the same as if youd be making that amount over here.
    We have minimum wage jobs in the us that make it extremely difficult to live off of even on 40 hours a week.
    Its not a good thing but you work and find a better job. Sent from the iMore App
  • Working conditions are like this because companies take advantage of it. Not because the people want it to be this way.
  • In the same way americans take advantage of mcdonalds having cheap food, and they have cheap food because they pay employees min wage.
    People look for better jobs, we shouldnt make mcdonalds a 3figure salary job If they gave them 10/hr there that would be like making 30/hr at mcdonalds here
  • What a terrible excuse, "being paid low is quite normal over there". It doesn't make it right.
  • I dont think you are capable of understanding that getting paid that there isnt the same as what you are thinking. And all you can do is try to insult ones trying to help you Sent from the iMore App
  • I think the point is that they probably deserve more than they are getting. Factory conditions and low pay are not a good thing regardless of where it happens. There have been reports of the poor work environment these employees face. Add that to the pay and there's not much positive about it. Unless your debate is their wage is a comfortable wage that allows them a fairly decent life but I don't think that's the case.
  • No i dont think its comfortable, i think they are making minimum wage, but so are people here working at fast food jobs. So my point is more why not worry about the people here the same way? And i know his responce is going to be minimum wage here is like 9/hr.
    But what he doesnt understand is the cost of living and items is much lower there so that dollar does a lot more there than here.
    A min wage job is not the way to live anywhere. But here we say find a better job. Then for the people in china its an outrage and we should boycott the company so those workers lose thr only income they have?
    Its a sucky job. You work to get a better one. No one is forcing them to stay there
  • You seem to gloss over the poor working conditions that have been well documented. Nothing is right about that and saying "they choose to work there" doesn't mean it's right. The conditions of a McDonald's are far better than their conditions. Personally I don't know how far $1.80 an hour goes there. But if they must work over 60 hours just for a somewhat decent life that's pretty bad. Plus the opportunity to do more is greater here so that's another advantage you're not mentioning.
  • Well theres many discussions we could go into, his was just about price. And i think theres more careers here but they have many jobs, i think the reason it might be harder is the over population.
    But if the conditions arent well documented its hard to comment on them.
    20 hours of overtime isnt bad, im not sure if they are forced but it says they get 40 some percent.. We get 50 here usually.
    But again i never said it was good, i said it wasnt out of ordinary
  • Not to mention i just looked it up, and there are areas in china where min wage is 11 yuan, which works out to something like 1.60/hr, and those people might not be allowed overtime
  • The way we live here cannot be compared to the way they live there. $1.82 may not sound like much but $10/hour here is not much more than a minimal subsisting wage here. Also, the 60 hour week is not abnormal there either. Those who compare absolute numbers aren't taking into account the buying power or lifestyle differences. Poor journalism.
  • Jeez, I'd wish someone bitched about us working over 60 hours a week here in the states.
  • Who works 60 hours here regularly? Not many people I know. Not saying it doesn't happen. I'm sure it does. But once you get over the 40 hour mark hopefully you're getting substantial overtime pay.
  • Oh, I get plenty pay for OT but go to any UPS (or any shipping company) center around Christmas time. When I worked for Pan Am (thousands of years ago it seems) 60 hours a week was a normal week.
  • If it wasn't for 2001 A Space Odyssey I probably would have forgotten Pan Am existed :)
  • I work 60 hours a week, but I'm earning FAR more that $1.82/hour and I get paid time-and-a-half for every hour I work over 40 hours. Maybe we should pay you only $1.82/hour for 60 hours a week and see if you'll like it.
  • When you pay him that low, is he living here or over there? Because youd have to be pretty dense to think that dollar is the same in both places Sent from the iMore App
  • Here. Duh.
  • Then how would that relate to anything? Those people in china dont make that and live here. Sent from the iMore App
  • Yeah but when you work 60 hours here, the wage is far better than the workers mentioned in this article.
  • I don't see what the big deal is. I'm not trying to be racist or anything but they love to work over there. Their routine is work, eat, sleep repeat. It's just good work ethic unlike what you see in the states. I know people that work 60+ hours and they don't get any OT because it's between multiple jobs.
  • Maybe we should pay you $1.82/hour and force you to work for 60 hours a week and see if you'll like it. Sent from the iMore App
  • You actually believe 1.82 is the same in china as it is here? Sent from the iMore App
  • Good work ethic = work, eat, sleep repeat? You're confusing that with a Lifestyle, and a terrible one at that. Here's another word: Slavery. Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't see the problem here $1.82/h is a typical Pay in Poland. Poland is not China, is Europe (sic!). Plus, above employees getting paid higher for overtime, which is not a standard practice in Poland (sic!). Is there still something to discuss here? BTW. If in UK, Head Chefs in Restaurants are working 60+ hours per week, also nobody is highlighting this.
  • I hope iPhone users question if their devices are worth it if people in other countries are being severely exploited to make them. Sent from the iMore App
  • Nope. They don't.
  • I hope you consider every single product you buy that is sourced in China, make sure the workers are paid American Minimum Wage and Overtime, then realize how unrealistic that is and buy nothing but American made products. Good luck. Sent from the iMore App
  • How would we get our phones then? Last i checked there isnt a phone manufactured in the us.
    Your android phones are manufactured at these same places... Infact most electronics are Sent from the iMore App
  • "How would we get our phones then"? #FirstWorldProblems
  • The point just flies over your head doesnt it? Sent from the iMore App