Apple to investigate labor claims

Bloomberg News /

Published Jul 30, 2013 at 05:00AM

BEIJING — Apple Inc. will investigate allegations by advocacy group China Labor Watch that factories run by Taiwanese supplier Pegatron Corp. use underage workers, pay insufficient wages and force employees to work overtime.

The New York-based group found at least 86 labor rights violations while investigating three Pegatron factories from March to July, it said in a report issued Monday. Apple has been in close contact with the group for several months, yet the report contains “claims that are new to us,” and those will be probed immediately, Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for Apple, said in a phone interview Monday.

Apple became the first technology company to join the Washington-based Fair Labor Association last year after criticism by human-rights organizations about conditions at suppliers including Foxconn Technology Group. Pegatron factories “are even worse than those at Foxconn,” CLW Executive Director Li Qiang said in a statement Monday.

“We will investigate these new claims thoroughly, ensure that corrective actions are taken where needed and report any violations of our code of conduct,” Wu said.

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