Apple workers in danger?
According to a New York Times exposé, it accuses Apple’s overseas assembly plants of high negligence regarding poor worker safety and dangerous working conditions.
The top man at Apple, CEO Tim Cook, has fired off a company email to employees defending Apple against the charges leveled at the multi-billion dollar company.
In the in-house memo obtained by 9to5Mac, Cook says he is outraged at the accusations that Apple doesn’t care about its work force overseas.
“Unfortunately some people are questioning Apple’s values today, and I’d like to address this with you directly. We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain.
“We are focused on educating workers about their rights, so they are empowered to speak up when they see unsafe conditions or unfair treatment. As you know, more than a million people have been trained by our program…
“We will continue to dig deeper, and we will undoubtedly find more issues. What we will not do — and never have done — is stand still or turn a blind eye to problems in our supply chain. On this you have my word…”
Cook’s assertion that Apple is “focused on educating workers about their rights, so they are empowered to speak up when they see unsafe conditions or unfair treatment,” is laudable but only works properly in a free society.
Apple workers in overseas assembly plants in China are hesitant in protesting poor working conditions for fear of reprisals from the management—they don’t want to be fired or be singled out for punishment.
On going problems?
In June 2011, workers at Foxconn, a major Apple supply chain provider located in Chengdu, China were reportedly working 80 to 100 hours of overtime per month in continuous shifts that leaves little time for meal and rest periods.
According to a report released by SACOM (Center for Research on Multinational Corporations and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior) during this time one worker was quoted as saying:
“Some of my roommates weep in the dormitory. I want to cry as well but my tears have not come out.”
This isn’t us
Cook says that the charges leveled at Apple are against its company culture and explains:
“As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It’s not who we are.”
Cook says employees can track the progress of Apple in addressing these matters at apple.com/supplierresponsibility.
Via 9to5Mac, Huffington Post
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Written by: Frank Ling on Friday, January 27, 2012 – 11:34 AM