Watch BBC Documentary Covering Apple Factories Undercover that “Deeply Offended” Tim Cook

Rafia Shaikh

A documentary by BBC has alleged iPhone factories breaking standards on "worker's hours, ID cards, dormitories, work meetings, and juvenile workers." The documentary has managed to "deeply" offend Tim Cook and others at Apple who claim that BBC avoided the "facts and perspectives" provided by Apple. Here is the full BBC documentary on Apple factories that was uploaded unofficially. Watch it while you can as it is expected to be taken off the grid soon.

"When they fall asleep that way, again and again, that means that the conditions of work are totally and physically intolerable"

Apple BBC documentary on working conditions in Shanghai:

In this Apple BBC documentary, we are looking at workers sleeping right at their workstations with the claims made by employees that they haven't received an off day in last 18 days.

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.

While we have long heard about the demeaning behavior and inhumane conditions of Pegatron factory, this might be the first time that a media outlet with the respectability and credibility of BBC has covered it making Apple worried about its forever-declining reputation of workers' conditions in Asia. BBC's reporters went to Pegatron factories situated in the outskirts of Shanghai where it recorded the breach of standards and low treatment workers suffer. The under cover investigation went live yesterday at BBC One titled "Apple's Broken Promises". Here is the video of this Apple BBC documentary:

Apple's senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams has sent a detailed letter to its UK staff over deeply offending allegations made by BBC about company's mistreatment of its workers in Chinese factories.

Panorama showed some of the shocking conditions around tin mining in Indonesia. Apple has publicly stated that tin from Indonesia ends up in our products, and some of that tin likely comes from illegal mines.

You can read the complete letter Williams sent to the UK staff at Telegraph.

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