Workers at Apple supply plant go on strike

Liana Pappas - Publisher
24 November, 2011
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In southern China 1,000 workers that make components for Apple went on strike this week.

Staff at the plant complaint of overtime demands a month of 100 hours, high rate of workplace injuries, mass layoffs of older workers, lack of benefits and frequent verbal abuse by managers, reported by a rights group.

Hundreds of police officers, some in riot gear, deployed after staff at the factory in the manufacturing hub of Shenzhen walked out Tuesday and blocked a highway to protest long working hours, China Labour Watch said.

In a statement regarding the issue, the rights croups called on Apple to “take responsibilty, as there are more than 300 workers working on the Apple keyboard assembly line.”

The plant, which employs 3,000 people in the Pearl River Delta – home to millions of Chinese migrant workers – is owned by Taiwan’s Jingyuan Computer Group.

The strike ended after the company promised to reduce the amount of overtime, the rights organization said in a statement.

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