Jabil Circuit faces labor abuse allegations in China factory making iPhone parts

A report by the watchdog group China Labor Watch accuses St. Petersburg's Jabil Circuit of abuses in one of its China factories including excessive working hours, forcing female workers to accept pregnancy tests to be hired and providing only five minutes to eat meals.

Jabil's alleged violations were documented at a plant in Wuxi, China, which China Labor Watch said builds the rear plastic covers for a less-expensive iPhone that Apple is set to unveil on Sept. 10. Apple Inc., which sells the popular iPhone product line, said it's looking into the claims. The report is the latest of multiple accusations Apple has faced for its labor practices.

Jabil said it conducts 100 annual audits of its operations to ensure health and safe working conditions.

"We are troubled by recent allegations related to excessive overtime, unpaid overtime, and working conditions at our Wuxi, China site," Jabil said in a statement. "An audit team is en route to Wuxi to thoroughly investigate these claims."

Jabil faced related allegations of poor conditions at another of its China factories in 2010.

Jabil Circuit faces labor abuse allegations in China factory making iPhone parts 09/05/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 6, 2013 11:38am]

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