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Apple named in another Chinese labor scandal

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Apple named in another Chinese labor scandal

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

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posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:32 7

1. twens (Posts: 1054; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

There we go again. Typical Apple. Let's make money and more money. This company is just a rotten fruit.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:57 3

7. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Apple just order 90 million devices, so that means to change for a better working environment would be a loss of a little less than $90 million dollars. Apple giving up that much money would be something to see, imo.... I don't think so... O.o

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:02 2

13. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

It's not Apple only. Partners of Samsung and other companies mostly in
east / southeast asia, has been accused in the past for similar practices.

Now that the global labor wages are falling, it is cheaper for
the companies of billions to use children for assembling computers,
smartphones and other electronics.
Because children have small fingers and work sixteen hours for
a piece of bread.

Instead of building production lines with robots that operate in totally
protected environment. That has an obvious impact on the quality
of products though. But see if they care, as long as they can make us
buy the next model.

We also heard stories about women who became pregnant in these
factories and then disappear. Pregnancy support policy.
Easily disappear like many children after their shift.

These factories have wire mesh on the windows because
it is bad for production the workers to see others fallen from the windows
to the courtyard.
Know where your smartphone has been.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 13:49

23. stealthd (unregistered)

The entire industry is guilty of this. Look at the phone you own. It was probably manufactured in the same conditions, or at least a good portion of its parts probably were.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:35 2

2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

Apple just might cjange the process if it raises concerns but I also think every partner should be consulted. This whole thing is crazy just like the S5 plant that blew uphttp://www.slashgear.com/galaxy-s5-production-concerns-follow-factory-fire-10320167/

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:07 2

15. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

Looks like companies' war

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:39 4

3. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

I thought slavery was abolished 149 years ago, why is Apple still allowed??

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:01 1

9. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

because they are apple

obama vetoed them so the political and money power is the reason
may be ...

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:35

12. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

Yea, how would you like to know that Samsung is way worse, Check ithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:21 4

18. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Oh well that solves everything, Samsung is doing it too everyone therefore, Apple is off the hook. Nothing more to see here, you can all log off now.... Who cares who else is doing it? Condemn them all for it instead of trying to divert attention. Apple can suck it and anyone else who engages in this crap.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:50

21. Ninetysix (Posts: 2623; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

You must feel really bad knowing that you've supported this kind of action. How many "Made in China" devices do you have?

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 13:48

22. stealthd (unregistered)

Well that would be everyone in the industry. I'd dare you to find a tech company that doesn't get some parts from companies accused of things like this. It's a problem with the industry, not just Apple

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:03

24. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

My good man, that is pure iFabrication on your part. Samsung is a great company that makes greater products.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 16:08

25. stealthd (unregistered)

Riiight. That's why a movie was made about someone dying from working in a Samsung factory


In reality, Samsung isn't any better than anyone else.

posted on 12 Mar 2014, 08:10

28. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3503; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

lol Great Rick assh#le video clip there ;)

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:46

4. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

who the hell cares? I sure dont

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:19 2

19. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Then you should probably say nothing.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:51 2

5. mobi_user (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Jun 2013)

I believe it is more to do with the company that is manufacturing the components and the government of that country. It is stupid to drag Apple for this. Yes, Apple has a moral responsibility. But so has that country and the company owner too.
What they want, Apple to come and take care of the people of other country.
This article is soo corrupt in itself. Shouldn't the Chinese Labour organisation ask the owner why is he forcing his country men to work like bonded labours?

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:04 1

10. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)

The very fact that these companies are working FOR Apple makes Apple an accomplice. Whether they are a complicit accomplice or not. Its akin to witnessing a crime. You can be charged as an accessory for not reporting it. If this was brought to Apple's attention or if Apple knew or knows about it, then they have to do something about it. Otherwise they are aiding and abetting.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:15 2

16. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

Did or did not these big companies benefited from this crime?
Did or did not their officials concern and provision, to visit workin sites?

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:20 1

17. CoastCity (Posts: 257; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

Billion Euro questions

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 09:55

6. skyline88 (Posts: 600; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

Happily using Samsung and Nokia, phewww~

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:00

8. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

if that so ...

hey ifans what say on this ??

no war but need a good rpl what u think??

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 10:18

11. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)

I don't think Tim Cook would allow this. If it's true than apple should fix this issue.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 11:06

14. lyndon420 (Posts: 4953; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I don't care who it is, but all these OEM's need to start taking a better look at where the components are being made and how they are being made before partnering with anyone. Whether it's thier fault directly or indirectly, no one needs negative press such as this, and everyone should be entitled to decent working conditions no matter where they live. Stop enabling conditions for child labour and deplorable working environments.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 12:36

20. Scott93274 (Posts: 5347; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I really do not like China because of how they treat their own people there. And shame on Apple AND every other company that benefit from China's exploited people. The company I work for has created a very successful business model that allows suppliers from all over the world to produce our product, and we make damn sure that their work place is a healthy and safe environment void of underage labor. It's 2014 for crying out loud, when will the rest of the world acknowledge that all people should be able to work a job that's not going to kill them or drive its employees to kill themselves.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 18:27

26. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

I think this is an issue long in china. But the main problem here is why foreign company allowing this or do they have no knowledge about it? Hmmm... Children all around the world suffer the same fate. Hopefully this will be resolve soon.

posted on 11 Mar 2014, 21:47

27. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2078; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Those of us in the West can't fathom such terrible things happening to our kids because we work hard and we sacrifice to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. In China, and many places in the Far East, children are a commodity. They are sold by their parents to feed the rest of the family. Little girls fare much worse. The ones that come home every night are probably responsible for feeding the family.

Think about that the next time you go to Wal-Mart. Think globally, act locally.

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