Defects delay Catcher's entry into device's supply chain
Apple has at least temporarily rejected Catcher as a source for 4.7-inch iPhone 6 casings, says China's Economic Daily News. In testing, Apple is said to have discovered defects in the areas connecting metal and plastic parts in sample casings, caused by Catcher's anodizing methods. In the short-term orders have been placed with Jabil and Foxconn instead; it may take Catcher up to two to three months to fix the glitches.
Jabil promises its own audit
Apple already has a "team of experts" on-site at Jabil Circuit's Wuxi factory to investigate reported labor abuses, according to a statement by spokeswoman Kirstin Huguet. Huguet notes that Apple has "conducted 14 comprehensive audits at Jabil facilities since 2008, including three audits of Jabil Wuxi in the past 36 months," and insists that Jabil "has a proactive auditing program of their own and they have an excellent track record of meeting Apple’s high standards."
Workers pressured into massive amounts of overtime with little rest
A supplier claimed to be helping Apple with the iPhone 5C has been accused of numerous labor rights violations. China Labor Watch says that Jabil Circuit has been forcing workers into over 100 hours of monthly mandatory overtime, yet also holding back millions of dollars in overtime pay. The company is also reportedly forcing people to stand for 11 hours a day without rest, outside of 30-minute meal breaks, and engaging in practices like discriminatory hiring and inadequate pre-work training.