Two non-government organizations from America and China are proclaiming a boycott of Apple devices. The reason is, again, labor issues within its manufacturing partners. The China Labor Watch and Green America claim that workers in an unnamed facility that makes predominantly Apple products are being exposed to toxic chemicals that cause illnesses.
Allegedly, it would cost the company less than a dollar per device to switch to a different process that won't be dangerous to workers' lives. Unfortunately, we couldn't get more details on the matter, and Apple has not commented on the case. However, the two organizations will be giving a press-conference tomorrow and we might receive more information.
It is known that Apple is a prestigious and wealthy client for its Asian suppliers. An unfortunate side-effect of the company creating many new workplaces is the fact that many of its suppliers engage into such malpractice to be more competitive and increase production, at the cost of employee suffering. This makes Apple an accomplice in worker rights abuse, unwilling or not. The company will probably investigate the issue, as it has done in previous cases involving China's Foxconn and Pegatron.
via PC Magazine