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iPhone 5S, 6 poor labor conditions highlighted

Many of you are obviously dead set on picking up the new iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 towards the end of the year. However, some of you may be a little concerned if you realize that the workers over in China who are building your future device are being mistreated. A new report from the WSJ has been published, claiming that Pegatron are now the company that is in the center of a labor abuse scandal.

It’s obviously not the first time that we have heard about working conditions being unethical for the workers who build Apple’s prized products. Foxconn hit the headlines a few years ago, but now it appears that Pegatron are now coming under fire for similar offences.

The report published by the WSJ just hours ago, tells the story of employers withholding payment for some employees and even in some cases – refusing to supply employees with worker IDs so they are unable to find a job elsewhere due to a lack of identification.

Workers are also thought to be working beyond Apple’s 60 hours a week limit and some equipment being supplied to employees are thought to not offer enough adequate body protection when piecing together Apple’s delicate components. The important thing to note here, is that Apple may not be aware of the rather despicable claims – if turned out to be true.

The real problem is trying to eliminate it, as it does seem rather impossible to eradicate this exploitation of Chinese workers culture completely. We think it’s good that new problems are now being highlighted, as it obviously gives a higher chance of the situation improving.

Imagine if you had to work in these conditions without pay and being told you have no chance of finding another job. Does it unsettle you that your future iPhone 5S or iPhone 6 device is being built in these poor conditions or not?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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