APPLE BANS “BONDED SERVITUDE” FOR FACTORY WORKERS
The practice of bonded labor which normally sees recruits who are new, being charged a small fee has been banned by Apple.
In Apple’s latest audit which looked at factory conditions, the company stated that such fees should only be paid by companies which suppliers to apple but not their own employee. The audit was conducted as a result of numerous criticisms of network conditions in some of its factories.
This news comes days just after a labor rights group which is based in China questioned the amount of money that Apple workers receive as their wages.
In a responsibility progress report that was released in 2015, Apple claims that back in October it had told its suppliers that it was officially banning bonded servitude from January 1st, 2015.
Here is what Apple’s senior vice-president of operations Jeff Williams had to say about this issue:
"That fee needs to be paid by the supplier, and Apple ultimately bears that fee when we pay the supplier, and we're OK doing that."
Bonded servitude or bonded labor is becoming a common practice in many companies and its usually involves new workers who are recruited typically by third parties being charged a fee which in some cases is equivalent to one’s monthly salary. This payment is usually made to third party recruiters for being introduced to a factory.
This basically means that in the past before an employee begins work he/she is already in debt.
The move by Apple to outlaw this practice comes just weeks after a report by BBC panorama program investigation which highlighted poor treatment of workers who are working in Apple companies in China.