China Labor Watch, a New York based non-profit, recently published a first-hand report about working conditions at Pegatron, who is one of Apple’s suppliers. The report highlights safety and environmental violations, along with instances of worker pay being withheld, but it also confirms Apple’s cheaper plastic iPhone.
An excerpt from a diary entry of an undercover investigator:
“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 task is pretty easy, and I was able to work independently after a five-minute instruction from a veteran employee. It took around a minute to paste protective film on one rear cover. The new cell phone has not yet been put into mass production, so quantity is not as important. This makes our job more slow-paced than in departments that have begun mass production schedules.”
Just yesterday, purported photos of the packaging of Apple’s low-cost “iPhone 5C” leaked on a Chinese forum. The cheap iPhone, according to previous rumors, would be a mid-range plastic-built device available in a number of colors, just like the iPod touch.
You can read China Labor Watch’s entire report on the working conditions in Pegatron’s factory by visiting this link.