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Groups plan to submit labor petition to NYC Apple Store

updated 01:25 pm EST, Wed February 8, 2012

Chinese supplier standards at stake

Over 250,000 signatures from petitions on Change.org and SumOfUs.org will be delivered to New York City's Grand Central Apple Store on Thursday morning, according to an announcement. The effort is part of a campaign to push Apple to develop a "worker protection strategy," in light of stories of poor labor conditions at Chinese Apple suppliers like Foxconn. Employees are known to often work extreme amount of overtime for little pay, sometimes in dangerous conditions.

Of the signatures, the vast majority are from Change.org, with just 55,000 coming from SumOfUs. Within the latter amount, over 35,000 say they buy Apple products, and over 20,000 have iPhones. At the Grand Central the groups are promising to bring "large iPhone posters" and printed handouts promoting their cause.

Similar staged deliveries will take place several cities, including Washington, San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore. Apple has adopted a defensive stance in response to recent criticism, insisting that it maintains strict standards and is making progress. Recently it joined the Fair Labor Association, which could put suppliers under somewhat increased scrutiny.




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  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    It is doubtful if these...

    idiotic do-gooders have contacted HP or any other technology manufacturer. No one probably disagrees with the "idea" but as Tim Cook recently said, these people have a lot of their facts wrong... so what is new?

  1. facebook_Collin

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    Forced Leadership

    Apple will likely be forced to take the lead on this, as they had to with the environmental issue. I look at it this way, once Apple changes things that will be one less thing their competition can attack them on. Samsung, HTC, and now Nokia are all moving manufacturing to China and other countries in that region. It would be interesting to see a teardown for all their recent products to see what companies are making their parts and what working conditions are at those companies.

  1. facebook_Collin

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    +3

    As I suspected...

    Here's a recent article reprinted from the Korea Times about environmental and labor concerns at one of Samsungs own plants.

    http://evertiq.com/news/21394

    Note: It also looks like these events occurred after Samsung posted their "Global Code of Conduct."

  1. facebook_Collin

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    +2

    HTC No Different

    This one is from about a year ago. Worker death resulting from poor living conditions at an HTC plant.

    http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/local/taipei/2011/02/25/292414/HTC-engineers.htm

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    the price of success

    the price of success is that you become the poster child of everything that's wrong about your industry, too.

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +9

    comment title

    So will these groups also be petitioning the Chinese government to enforce their own laws regarding workers rights and working condition?

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Equal Grief for Equal Responsibility

    where are the petitions and protests for Acer, Amazon, Microsoft, Dell, HP, Panasonic, Sony, Netgear, Nintendo etc. They do more business with Foxconn than Apple does and yet they are being ignored.

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