A screengrab from the documentary showing workers sleeping on the production-line

A screengrab from the documentary showing workers sleeping on the production-line

The full BBC documentary on working conditions in iPhone factories has been unofficially uploaded to YouTube. It probably won’t be too long before it gets pulled, so if you want to see it, watch it while you can – we’ve embedded the full video below … 

The program alleged that Pegatron factories were breaking “standards on workers’ hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings and juvenile workers.” Workers are filmed sleeping at their workstations, with one worker claiming he hadn’t been allowed a day off in 18 days.

In a letter to UK staff, senior VP of operations Jeff Williams said that both he and Tim Cook were “deeply offended” by the allegations, and that the BBC had refused to include both “facts and perspectives” on the claims which Apple had made available to the program makers.

Watch the video here – unfortunately with lots of ad-breaks.


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