Tell Apple: Stop Slavery Practices at Foxconn's Manufactories
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Tell Apple: Stop Slavery Practices at Foxconn's Manufactories

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      m b

      diamond bar, CA

 

I'm a music lover.  So when Apple introduced the first iPod, I eagerly bought one. Several years later, I also bought an iPhone and an iPad.  I love Apple so these were easy purchases.  But when I learned about the suicides and slavery conditions at the Apple factories in China, I rethought my purchases, and started doing some research about these allegations.

Foxconn is the manufactory of Apple Inc. in China where workers are subjected to unlawful and dehumanizing working conditions.  According to Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), workers are often forced to work 6-7 days a week, resulting in a monthly overtime 2-3 times over the legal limit.  Many times these employees are enclosed and forced to work overtime until they reach their daily productivity goal.  Furthermore, when this goal is not met, the workers are at the mercy of the abuse of the managers, which is so brutal that Foxconn has been forced to acknowledge this problem.

Even more disturbing are the suicides where exhausted workers jump out the factory windows. There have been reports that Foxconn employed couselors in order to support the workers with the intensive work pressured to avoid more suicides during labor hours. Addionally, I found some reports that jumping nets were placed outside windows. 

There were also reports of unsafe exposure to dangerous chemicals and operation of machines without proper training and safety procedures, which often result in injuries that are not compensated.  

Due to their low wages, workers are forced to live inside the factory. Sometimes these dorms are not only partially built, but they also of lack of electricity and water; and shared by 5-20 people. However, most damaging, it is workers’ restriction of forming unions and selecting their representatives in order to advocate for better working and living conditions. 

SACOM has been evaluating and monitoring Apple promises for years now, but little or not improvement for these workers has been achieved. I have attached some of their reports and video in this petition. 

As longtime Apple consumer, I feel responsible for supporting a product at such a high human cost. My Apple products are a big part of my life, but at what cost? I want to buy products made with dignity, not out of suicides and exploitation.

For that reason, I'm asking you to join me and tell Apple Inc. and Foxconn to stop this corporation malpractice.  We want to see the workers in a safe work environment according to law, with all the requirements that a human being needs in order to be healthy, safe and live and worthy life. 

 

Image: Leïla La Très Sage

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Apple and Child Labor

      m b
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      Petition Organizer

      This is a good article. I highly recommend it.

    2. Apple manufacturing plant workers complain of long hours, militant culture

      m b
      by m b
      Petition Organizer

      Articles keep appearing online about the situation at the Foxconn factories. I think due to the recent public exposure, workers are not afraid anymore to speak out. For that reason, it is crucial that we continue supporting them and signing. Read this Article by CNN.

    3. CBS: Apple-Foxconn relationship probed by 'Sunday Morning' (video)

      m b
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      Petition Organizer

      Excellent CBS video-Interview with Mike Daisey and Debby Chan from SACOM. If you missed it, you can watch it here:

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Article: Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

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      by m b
      Petition Organizer

      Excellent article by the NY Times. All the points that I have expressed in why sign this petition are detailed here, including testimonies, and mention of SACOM. A must read.

    6. What If All Companies Follow the Apple Model?

      m b
      by m b
      Petition Organizer

      This article explains it perfectly why we should sign this petition. If all companies follow the Apple model, we would have less and less jobs in our countries because no one can compete with China and its lawless labor polices. Further, we will see more chinese people exploited and more "Made in China" tags...

    7. Article: "How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work"

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      Petition Organizer

      This is a very comprehensive article by the New York Times about the economic aspect of the Apple factories. Even though it does not refers to any specific labor exploitation issues, it does addressed the massive production goals and the pressure that the workers are subjects. For anyone who wants to understand how and why Steve Jobs chose China as manufactory, this article is highly recommended.

    8. Article: "Foxconn Takes a Big Bite Out of Apple Reputation"

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      Petition Organizer

      What is interesting about this article is that it is linked to this petition and to an article about Apple and the lost hope for the "Made in USA".

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. This American Life

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      Petition Organizer

      "Mike Daisey performs an excerpt that was adapted for radio from his one-man show "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs." A lifelong Apple superfan, Daisey sees some photos online from the inside of a factory that makes iPhones, starts to wonder about the people working there, and flies to China to meet them." This link is a podcast from This American Life and Mike Daisey's Monologue. It has not only literature value, but also, Daisey talks about his experience in China that will make you laugh and sometimes will make you cry. I highly recommended it.

    11. Reached 100 signatures
    12. Over 300 Foxconn's Workers Threatened Suicide.

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      Petition Organizer

      This happened last Jan. 2nd. " over 300 workers at the Foxconn factory in China threatened suicide. On Jan. 2, a group of workers appeared on the roof of the main production facility in Wuhan and threatened to jump".

    13. The 2010- 11 report/video of the workers suicides at Foxconn manufactories

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      Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior In China (SACOM)
      "In 2010, Foxconn was under the spotlight of the media due to the suicide tragedies. At least 18 workers committed suicides and 3 survived. One year on from the spate of suicides, SACOM has released a report and a video"

      http://sacom.hk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011-05-06_foxconn-and-apple-fail-to-fulfill-promises1.pdf

    14. This is the first article I read about Apple's negligence and exploitation

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      by m b
      Petition Organizer

      Before I read this article, I was clueless about this issue. It is from last year, but is worth reading.

    15. Reached 25 signatures
    16. The Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior Report

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      by m b
      Petition Organizer

      Last September 2011 the corporation made public a report, titled "iSlave Behind the iPhone
      Foxconn Workers in Central China", which expose the dehumanizing conditions of the workers at the Foxconn's manufacturies. You can read the PDF file using the link below.
      http://sacom.hk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/20110924-islave-behind-the-iphone.pdf
      In addition, SACOM has released a video about the disturbing suicides occurring at the fabrics that you can watch on youtube

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    Reasons for signing

    • daniel hignell BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I have used apple products for over 10 years. I am aware of the annoyance it would cause me to change to a different set of products - to go to windows, for instance, and have to contend with their vastly inferior operating systems. I am also aware, however, of my moral obligation. And when I muse upon that for even a moment, I soon realize how trifling such annoyance would seem in context.

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    • Willis Hill LEBANON, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      Stop comparing free American labor to Chinese virtual slaves.

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    • Weilun Chao EL SOBRANTE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Slavery practice is entirely immoral. Apple, which used to be proud of their US made products, has been delusional about their success. I will not buy its products and will encourage others to do the same until they *eliminate* the slavery practice. On the other hand, they will win my support if they bring the manufacturing back to US and make the products in ethical and environmentally responsible ways.

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    • joan piccalo MARIETTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      because this is wrong. and because americans need to know that our purchases are votes, approvals, and expressions of our morals and beliefs.

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    • Lenny Allen AHSLAND, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      Bring the jobs back and take less of those excessive profits, shameful!

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