Apple named in another Chinese labor scandal

Apple named in another Chinese labor scandal

Two non-government organizations fromAmerica and China are proclaiming a boycott of Apple devices. Thereason is, again, labor issues within its manufacturing partners. TheChina Labor Watch and Green America claim that workers in an unnamedfacility that makes predominantly Apple products are being exposed totoxic chemicals that cause illnesses.



Allegedly, it would cost the companyless than a dollar per device to switch to a different process thatwon't be dangerous to workers' lives. Unfortunately, we couldn't getmore details on the matter, and Apple has not commented on the case.However, the two organizations will be giving a press-conferencetomorrow and we might receive more information.



It is known that Apple is a prestigiousand wealthy client for its Asian suppliers. An unfortunateside-effect of the company creating many new workplaces is the factthat many of its suppliers engage into such malpractice to be morecompetitive and increase production, at the cost of employeesuffering. This makes Apple an accomplice in worker rights abuse,unwilling or not. The company will probably investigate the issue, asit has done in previous cases involving China's Foxconn and Pegatron.



via PCMagazine

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27 Comments

1. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 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

13. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

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.

2. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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/

15. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Looks like companies' war

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

9. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

because they are apple obama vetoed them so the political and money power is the reason may be ...

12. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

21. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

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

24. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

25. stealthd unregistered

Riiight. That's why a movie was made about someone dying from working in a Samsung factory http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/02/17/samsung-movie-defensive/ In reality, Samsung isn't any better than anyone else.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

lol Great Rick assh#le video clip there ;)

4. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

who the hell cares? I sure dont

19. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Then you should probably say nothing.

5. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 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?

10. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 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.

16. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

17. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Billion Euro questions

6. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Happily using Samsung and Nokia, phewww~

8. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

if that so ... hey ifans what say on this ?? no war but need a good rpl what u think??

11. SAO101789

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

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

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

26. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

27. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3148; Member since: Jan 23, 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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