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.
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…
- May 31, 2010: Apple to subsidize Foxconn workers’ wages?