New rights violation at Pegatron surface on iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C launch day

China Labor Watch (CLW) has released a report through which it claims that rights of around 60 students, working at Pegatron, one of Apple’s manufacturers, have been violated and that they haven’t been paid overtime that they are entitled to for attending mandatory daily roll calls and meetings beyond the shift timings.

The group of students has detailed through a list of grievances the harsh working conditions and practices at Pegatron and the “mechanic and inhumane management” conditions under which they were forced to work. The students are demanding that they should be handed over the “unpaid overtime or wage deductions” levied by their bosses at Pegatron.

The students went onto claim that they were working without any special protection and that their wages were deducted in a variety of ways. “Some of us entered the factory as interns, having 20 per cent of [our] wages deducted, despite our work being the same as a normal worker, including mandatory overtime work” noted the students.

CLW has mentioned in its latest report that Apple was informed of the student workers’ wage arrears and that the company did reply back saying that Pegatron has recovered the deductions of a number of student workers. Pegatron has also confirmed that it has “prohibited employment agencies from deducting wages from workers going forward.”

Despite these confirmations, CLW notes that there are still a few cases wherein students haven’t been paid. Further, payments for thousands of workers haven’t been accounted for yet by either of the companies.

“CLW does not have the resources to efficiently track down and confirm the approximately ten thousand students that worked at Pegatron Shanghai during this summer. CLW calls upon Apple and Pegatron to use internal records to find these students and ensure that they are given their rightful wages,” notes CLW.

Just last week CLW accused Jabil Circuit, believed to be manufacturing iPhone 5C parts, of ‘ethical and legal violations. Some of the violations include unpaid overtime wages; more than 100 hours of monthly mandatory overtime – well over three times that of the legal limit; standing work of over 11 hours every day without rest; illegal and inadequate pre-work training; and hiring discrimination among others.