Apple admits it used too many temporary workers in China

Apple admits it used too many temporary workers in China
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Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn on Monday acknowledged that they employed too many temporary workers in China while rebutting claims of lapses in people management, Reuters reported.

The statements came in response to a lengthy report from nonprofit monitor China Labor Watch accusing the two companies of breaching numerous Chinese labor laws, including one that limits temporary staff to 10 percent of the workforce.

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Apple said in a statement obtained by Reuters that it investigated the percentage of temporary workers among the overall workforce and found it “exceeded our standards."

The tech giant added that it was working with Foxconn to “immediately resolve the issue."

It also said it discovered interns at a supplier facility had worked overtime at night, violating company policy, and that “this issue has been corrected.”

In a separate statement to Reuters, Foxconn also confirmed an over-reliance on temporary workers, known internally as dispatch workers.

“We did find evidence that the use of dispatch workers and the number of hours of overtime work carried out by employees, which we have confirmed was always voluntary, was not consistent with company guidelines,” Foxconn said.

It added that it “immediately began a detailed process to ensure that all issues were addressed."

The labor report came just days ahead of Apple's unveiling of the next line of iPhones.

The American tech firm relies heavily on Chinese manufacturing for the products.