Stand Up for International Workers' Rights!

Stand Up for International Workers' Rights!

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Marianne Packer started this petition to Apple and

 

Apple and other influential, U.S. companies, are exploiting, manipulating, and abusing their international workers.

Many factory employees in China are poor migrants in desperate need of work. Corporations take advantage of these so-called "peasant workers" because of their low social status and lack of opportunities. These citizens feel trapped because as peasant workers, they have no power or leverage to fight for their rights. 

As consumers, we want our products fast and affordable. Yet, these luxuries we so easily demand transfer almost directly to the lives of factory workers.

One of Apple’s biggest Chinese production sites is Foxconn, a company that openly violates Chinese law through the exploitation of workers. Foxconn maintains 36 factories and employs over 1 million workers, meaning 1 million Chinese citizens are severely mistreated. 

Foxconn Factory Workers Are...

  • Pushed into extreme overtime (80-100 hours per month)
  • Mentally and physically abused
  • Working in buildings with walls covered in barbed wire 
  • Deprived of their basic rights for not only themselves but their children (such as proper schooling) 

With American companies, like Apple, sourcing products from China, we as consumers, are enabling and encouraging this terrible treatment. 

Our government fosters boundless opportunities and protects us from harsh working conditions, with the Fair Labor Standards Act (United States Department of Labor). But, once American companies shift their production to another country, they abuse their workers. 

For Apple to actually respond to the situation, the federal government must enforce specific and direct laws. (Such as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act)

Without legislation, Apple will continue to disregard worker abuse and profit from their suffering.

We must use our power to fight for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves.

 

 

 

 

(Some sources to check out for more detailed information):

Josephs, Hilary K. "Production Chains and Workplace Law Violations: The Case of Apple and Foxconn." engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/gblr/vol3/iss2/5. 

Myers, Connor. "Corporate Responsibility in the Consumer Electronics Industry: A Case Study of Apple Inc." sites.georgetown.edu/lwp/wp-content/uploads/sites/319/uploads/Connor-Myers.pdf. 

Pun, Ngai, et al. "Apple, Foxconn, and Chinese Workers' Struggles from a Global Labor Perspective." dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649373.2016.1170961. 

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