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The world's biggest iPhone factory has been accused of violating various Chinese labour laws, including refusing to let workers resign and using too many temporary workers.
The outsourced Apple factory, operated by Taiwan electronics giant Foxconn, also forces student interns to work overtime and night shifts illegally during production peak seasons, a new investigation claims.
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Apple and manufacturing partner Foxconn admitted to having employed too many temporary workers, but denied most allegations in the report released by a non-profit monitor of workers' rights.
US-based pressure group China Labor Watch (CLW), which published the study today, said it had sent investigators posed as ordinary workers to the Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou to reveal the allegedly shocking working conditions.
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Foxconn's Zhengzhou factory is the world's largest iPhone manufacturing base.
The massive production plant, occupying 1.4 million square meters (15 million square feet), makes around half of the iPhones worldwide.
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It is said to be able to produce 500,000 iPhones a day and has been known locally as the 'iPhone city'.
Foxconn was founded by 68-year-old Taiwanese tycoon Terry Gou, who is worth $6.5 billion ($5.2 billion) according to Forbes and dubbed 'the Donald Trump of Taiwan' by media.
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The CLW report claims the Zhengzhou Foxconn factory is trying to save money by hiring 'dispatch' or temporary workers.
These workers are hired mostly in peak seasons and offered bonuses as an incentive, and the factory don't have to pay them compensation when their contract ends, the report adds.
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The rights group says many workers were 'cheated out of their bonuses'.
In August 2019 as many as half of the workforce were dispatch workers, says CLW, which exceeds the legal maximum in China of 10 per cent.
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CLW also claims a large number of high school students are working at Zhengzhou Foxconn, with working conditions the same as regular workers,...
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