Yesterday we reported about an online petition urging Apple to improve the working conditions of workers in China. This week has ended and at the time of this news report being written, the online petition has garnered 162,000 signatures.
This petition came in the wake of an expose from New York Times (NYT) that exposed and highlighted the pathetic working conditions China in which the employees of Apple and its business partner Foxconn had to work in. After this report, CBS decided to probe the relationship between Apple and Foxconn.
The petition, at Change.org, also highlights the alleged poor working conditions at factories operated by Chinese companies that have contracts to build iPhones, iPads, and other popular products from Apple.
Mark Shields, a communications consultant in Washington DC, started this petition after hearing about working conditions in the Chinese factories on This American Life, a radio show.
The long story published by NYT alleged that there were unsafe and unhygienic conditions where the workers had to work and the workers had to work for long hours.
The radio report discussed repetitive motion injuries and other problems at Apple partner factories. Shields wrote in his petition:
“We ask that Apple release a worker protection strategy for new product releases, which are the instances when injuries and suicides typically spike because of the incredible pressure to meet quotas timed to releases”.
Apple has not responded to the reports so far. CEO Tim Cook says that he was “outraged” to see what NYT published. He promised to “dig deeper” and look into the matter. Cook maintained that Apple cared about its employees, all over the world.
Source: Mac World