Apple’s iPad is Causing Workers to Kill Themselves!

I am a HUGE Fan of Apple and its wide range of products, especially when it comes to the Macbook Pro and the iPod. However, the following disturbing piece of latest news might change my desire to be affiliated to Apple at any level, that is if it is true (and not just some marketing ploy by Microsoft to damage Apple’s reputation!)

“Apple manufacturer Foxconn was taking extraordinary measures Wednesday to safeguard its business and workers following a spate of suicides at its sprawling plant in southern China.”

Here’s something even more interesting: Workers have reportedly been told to sign letters promising not to kill themselves and even agreeing to be sent to psychiatric institutions if they appear to be in an “abnormal mental or physical state for the protection of myself and others”.

The suicides have raised questions about conditions for millions of factory workers in China, especially at Foxconn, where labor activists and employees say long hours, low pay and high pressure are the norm.

Tired Workers at the Apple Manufacturing Factories

Tired Workers at the Apple Manufacturing Factories

Reportedly, Apple was investigating the damaging allegations last night concerning the Chinese workers making its new iPad device. According to those allegations, workers were subjected to such “inhumane” treatment that some of them took their own lives by jumping off factory roofs.

An update to the US firm’s supplier codes in February revealed that a majority of its 102 facilities flouted its “rigorous” rules on working hours, which include a weekly limit of 60 hours a week – equivalent to 12 hours a day. Some 39 per cent broke rules on workplace injury prevention and 30 per cent broke guidelines on the management of toxic chemicals.

Apparently, Apple did nothing about that!

We must think about this very carefully: Do we really want to buy a product that literally caused the deaths of people? Should this news lead us to boycott Apple products, especially the iPad?

Looking forward to your feedback on this seriously disturbing piece of news…


Comments and Reactions

  • tarakiyee

    We often disregard the effect our lifestyle has on people in other regions. I don't think this problem is Apple specific, it's global, that's why they call it globalism.

    I think this needs a bigger solution than a boycott.

  • TheDudeDean

    I really wish there was an equivalent American Product we could buy instead.

  • michaelanschel

    Globalism is not the problem. Sorry, but that is just silly.
    And no one would buy an American made version of the ipad (it would cost $3000 and wouldn't work properly).

    The public was in love with the packaging and the AOL style interface that Apple provided for its fans. The concept was brilliant, and the execution almost perfect. But when you grow and take on market share you acquire both users who are not part of your “fan base/tribe” as well as resentment from others. At a recent technology conference one of the break out sessions was specifically on “What to do about Apple”.

    At the end of the day, this is just another company that is focused on profits before people funded by people who care about cost over the impact on the people and places they will never have to visit.

  • M.Bamieh

    How about boycotting just about everything else as well, since they are all produced in china or southeast asia.
    But then again accepting it as is, and not doing anything like the guys above me suggested is not exactly helping anyone.
    The only way to do anything about sweatshops or back worker conditions is to complain to the manufacturer directly, whether through email, letter, or personal choice not to buy one…. and talking about an American alternative to an iPad as if it's the new water is just ridiculous, you can certainly live with out one.

  • Mac

    or perhaps we should boycott products in which a cheaper and more useful alternative is always available. But why bother researching ANYTHING when apple will just advertise what you should be buying. Keep listening apple junkies – apple commands it.

    Or use google and find a product that doesn't suck!

  • Pick up a Book and Read

    Blame China’s government.  I am in South Korea… and it’s very similar.  The people are basically extorted for time and are given 18-20 hour work days.  These countries set the rules and these companies take advantage of it.  Look up Corporatocracy on the web and you’ll see that everyone is playing the same game

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