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iPhone users petition Apple for ethical production: CEO Tim Cook insists they care

iphone5080911_optBY BOB HOLT

A lot of Apple users pay attention to the rumors about the upcoming iPhone, and many have a pretty good idea of the features they want to see in the new model.

Another group has their own visions for the iPhone 5. They have begun a petition to Apple to see the new device produced “ethically.”

Watchdog organization SumOfUs describes itself on its website as a voice for consumers, workers and shareholders to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations. They report that people are literally dying in the production of Apple products.

According to the New York Times, an explosion and fire occurred last May in an area where employees polished iPad cases, killing two and injuring another dozen. And in 2010, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in eastern China were injured after being required to use a poisonous chemical in cleaning iPhone screens. And two explosions at iPad plants last year killed four and injured 77 people.


Apple products come at a cost: Young, overworked employees are suffering

Employees in one Chinese factory say they work excessive hours of overtime, sometimes seven days a week, and are living in overcrowded dorms.

An anonymous Apple executive told the Times that suppliers would change their terms immediately if Apple demanded it. The company has not commented on the reports, but the Washington Post reports that an internal memo from Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us. Accusations like these are contrary to our values.”

An organization known as change.org also has a petition asking Apple to protect the workers in Chinese factories, arguing that there are no labor laws in China to protect them. You can sign their petition here.

Comments (4)
4 Wednesday, 08 February 2012 03:19
its time America wake up, all our jobs are going there and that both parties that are working for the NWO elite. We need to vote out both parties and start a new party and ban all lobbying, term limits for all polticians. We need to start boycotting anything thats not made here AMerica AMericans need to send a message.
3 Thursday, 02 February 2012 11:51
bart roberts
2 Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:16
Margo Morado
I am so disappointed in your contract with Foxconn! I have been an ardent supporter of Apple products and the ethical practices that you have been admired for. Foxconn allows for abuses that are unAmerican. This is shameful. Surely, your profits are large enough that you can afford to pay people fairly.

Ideally, you should bring home jobs to Americans who desperately need them, but if you have people working on your products abroad, please treat them decently. Thank you. Margo Morado
1 Wednesday, 01 February 2012 15:55
Sandra Schroeder
Apple, you need to renogotiate your contract with Foxconn such that 1)labor abuses are financially penalized 2) labor standards are established to mirror those of the U.S (e.g. 40 hr week). You need to greatly improve and intensify oversight of Foxconn (e.g., conduct independent, undercover inspections and worker interviews (off plant premises). I am a stockholder and I am ashamed. Please help all of us with a conscience feel good about apple. You have so much money you can afford to be fair to the very people building your products. Please set an example for others who use overseas labor. If this is impossible for you, then make the products in the USA. Sandra Schroeder, PhD

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