Grim Dormitory Complex Where Chinese Workers Who Made Expensive Apple Products Lived In Inhumane Conditions (34 pics)

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These photos show four blocks of dormitory complex near Shanghai that housed factory workers employed by Apple contractor Pegatron, a Taiwanese electronics giant, until they were abandoned in a hurry some eight weeks ago. Apart from staff’s bad and austere living conditions their salaries were ridiculous. Their basic salaries were just under £250 ($360) a month for working six day per week and 12-hour shifts. They could increase their salaries by about £200 ($287) by working daily overtime. It is not the first time that Pegatron Corporation was criticized for putting their employees into inhumane working conditions. In December 2014 a BBC investigation exposed poor working conditions and employee mistreatment at Pegatron factories making Apple products. As you can see through these pictures, nothing much has changed. Take a look.

Production line: The Pegatron factory in Shanghai where workers put in 12-hour shifts then travel to dormitories where they sleep in bunk beds in cramped rooms

Home: The dormitory block in Kangquiao Road is in stark contrast to the slick Pegatron factory, and looks neglected and uncomfortable

Neglect: The outside of the Kangqiao Road East dorm complex contrasts sharply with the high-tech, glossy image of Pegatron and the Apple products it is responsible for making

Bare: Living conditions at the abandoned Kangquiao Road dormitory block MailOnline visited were experienced first-hand by an undercover investigator for the pressure group China Labor Watch, who got a job making motherboards on an Apple computer production line

Close quarters: The 28-year-old investigator, who spent 10 days living in the complex in September last year, told Mail Online, 'The dormitories were terrible'

Basic: Nearly all workers are migrants from China's poorest provinces who live year-round in grim factory dorms such as the one above

Filthy: These exclusive images show the sanitary facilities at a dormitory where workers who create Apple iPhones live, washing in mildewed sinks and squatting over open sewers to go to the toilet


Lack of light: The closure of the dormitory blocks – a converted former factory complex used for years by Pegatron – saw hundreds of workers sent home, according to one of the security guards kept on to watch over the premises

'Unhygienic': In the corner of some toilet blocks and corridors were pools of filthy green water and there was an average of one toilet for every 40 workers when the blocks were full

Rushed exit: Workers appear to have left the dorms in a hurry as possessions were abandoned throughout the building, and this deserted stairwell with its pathetic tree shows how workers tried to make their living quarters more homely

Military efficiency: Hundreds of workers line up for roll call at the Pegatron factory in Shanghai, China, which makes iPhones for Apple

Clocking in: A supervisor holds an iPad as he checks an employee's badge during roll call at a Pegatron factory in Shanghai, China

Roll call: Pegatron and Apple have adopted new procedures to keep assemblers from doing excessive overtime after years of accusations

Technology giant: In an apparent response to the criticisms by the BBC and China Labor Watch, Pegatron earlier this year gave invited reporters and photographers for a tour of the Shanghai factory but did not include access to the dormitory blocks where workers live

Abandoned: These eerie images show the now-deserted dorms where workers creating Apple iPhones lived in cramped rooms with basic sanitation






















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