Apple and its partner, Foxconn, is currently under scrutiny due to their practices in making the latest iPhone 11. Apparently, both companies have violated Chinese labor laws to sustain the production of the latest iPhones. Previously, Apple is known to have similar issues in the past years.

Apple is apparently using too many temporary workers to make the iPhone 11 according to China Labor Watch advocacy group. The CLW found out that Apple’s Chinese temporary workers comprise of 50 percent of its workforce which oversteps the limit of 10 percent. The group launched this report ahead of Apple’s new reveals this coming September 10.

These temporary workers are not provided with work benefits which allow companies to skirt off its budget. However, this practice is highly illegal. These companies often hire workers in droves to help accommodate Apple’s massive supply of new devices especially when its about time to reveal the next batch of new annual devices.

On Apple’s end, the company assures the quality of the employment and treatment to its workers. However, CLW found out that Apple is said to be providing suboptimal work conditions for its temporary workers. The company even lets workers have 100 hours worth of overtime even though Chinese labor laws only allow 35.

Previously, Apple also had some labor problems in China after it hired dispatch workers, which also had student interns, back in 2018. While the students left Apple’s workforce in February, the company still had 30 percent dispatch workers in its workforce which is still not safe with the Chinese government’s labor laws.

As of now, Apple is about to reveal its new products in an upcoming event this September 10. While the company has yet to confirm the full device lineup of the reveal event, many fans are expecting to see the iPhone 11 shown in this event.

Insider reports claim that this device would be more of a hardware improvement to the iPhone XR series rather than being a whole new device with fresh features. For now, we’ll have to wait and see what Apple has potentially risked itself legally to make this September.

Apple is facing headwinds from US-China trade tensions as it seeks to boost sales in the important Chinese market Apple is facing headwinds from US-China trade tensions as it seeks to boost sales in the important Chinese market Photo: AFP / WANG ZHAO