Hofstede's Dimensions of Cultural Differences

Topics: Employment, Apple Inc., Occupational safety and health Pages: 1 (335 words) Published: April 28, 2013
http://www.flashcardexchange.com/cards/csc-100-test-one-chap-1-4-992930 Apple's suppliers in China mistreat workers, making them work overtime beyond legal limits, paying them low wages, and exposing them to dangerous working conditions, according to the report released Wednesday. The investigation of other Apple suppliers in China reveals that serious work-related injuries and worker suicides but exist throughout Apple's supply chain. The abuse of factory workers making Apple products came under scrutiny earlier this year following a New York Times story that described poor working conditions at the factories of contractors making the products. The Fair Labor Association conducted a month long investigation on Foxconn factories and worker abuse and health and safety risks for workers. alleged that the workers at Foxconn, which makes Apple products like the iPad and iPhone, worked up to 80 hours a week in April leading up to the release of the new iPad.

The investigation by China Labor Watch of 10 factories of Apple's suppliers from January to April also found the widespread use of "dispatched workers," which have no formal relationship with the factories but are under contractual obligation to intermediary companies called "dispatching companies.

The contract that workers end up signing is often not with their factory but with some labor dispatch company that they know little about. Many times they assume they are being hired directly by the factory. The use of dispatch workers allows factories to prevent them from forming unions, employ them short-term without having to pay severance compensation, and shift responsibility for worker injuries onto another party. Some have to work more than 150 hours of overtime every month, which is above China's legal limit of 36 hours of overtime per month.

Right to a safe workplace free of dangerous conditions, toxic substances, and other potential safety hazards; Right to be free from retaliation for filing a claim...
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