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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers' By Richard Bilton BBC Panorama; 18 December 2014 Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC  Panorama investigation. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers were being breached at  the Pegatron factories. Apple said it strongly disagreed with the programme's conclusions. Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of  Shanghai. One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite  repeated requests for a day off. Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to  move.  "Even if I was hungry I wouldn't want to get up to eat. I just wanted to lie down and rest. I was unable to sleep at night  because of the stress." 'Continuous improvement' Apple declined to be interviewed for the programme, but said in a statement: "We are aware of no other company doing  as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions. "We work with suppliers to address shortfalls, and we see continuous and significant improvement, but we know our  work is never done." Apple said it was a very common practice for workers to nap during breaks, but it would investigate any evidence they  were falling asleep while working. It said it monitored the working hours of more than a million workers and that staff at Pegatron were averaging 55 hours a week. Find out more The poor conditions in Chinese factories were highlighted in 2010 when 14 workers killed themselves at Apple's biggest supplier, Foxconn. Following the suicides, Apple published a set of standards spelling out how factory workers should be treated. It also  moved some of its production work to Pegatron's factories on the outskirts of Shanghai. But Panorama's undercover reporters found that these standards were routinely breached on the factory floor.
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Overtime is supposed to be voluntary, but none of the reporters were offered any choice. In addition to the excessive  hours, one reporter had to attend unpaid meetings before and after work. Another reporter was housed in a dormitory  where 12 workers shared a cramped room.  Apple says the dormitory overcrowding has now been resolved and that it requires suppliers to retroactively pay workers if it finds they haven't been paid for work meetings.
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