Employees at Apple Supplier Factory at Risk, Report Says

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Employment conditions-china
SP   9/9/2014 8:55:34 AM
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Well I would say the employment conditions at factory level in China and many companies in India are not at par with US. It has got much to do with local culture and what is accepted at the social level.

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Susan Fourtané   9/10/2014 9:02:51 AM
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SP, 

"Well I would say the employment conditions at factory level in China and many companies in India are not at par with US. It has got much to do with local culture and what is accepted at the social level."

Exactly. That's how it is.

It doesn't matter if the manufacturers send inspections, for the time of the inspections the Chinese factories can show themselves as one thing and go back to what it's culturally normal and accepted by the society and government right after that. 

What is very suspicious to me is that this kind of "news" come right before the Apple announcement, and honestly, it bothers me because it's obvious what intention is behind. 

Another thing is that not only Apple, but Samsung and all the other manufacturers are customers of this factory. Then, why only Apple comes into the picture? I don't support this kind of message in any way. 

-Susan

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   9/10/2014 11:48:18 AM
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The timing and focus of the announcement is troubling... Clearly meant to cause trouble. At the same time, working conditions and worker rights is worth looking at.

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tirlapur   9/17/2014 3:26:26 PM
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I don't think categorizing standards down to a social level would be a good idea. Conditions of labour in asia is poor because there are constant shortages of funds and an unstable market too. That being said, the employers are careless and they want full output without much input.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   9/25/2014 7:15:20 PM
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@tiriapur, i would say that too much to do and too little time to do it is something that plagues workers in every industry. I wish there were an easy answer.

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tirlapur   9/17/2014 3:26:56 PM
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With Apple using its labourers like slaves, this revelation may hard Apple intensely or may make it even more popular, depending on what effect it causes upon the market.  For now Apple is enjoying popularity with the release of the smart watch (which wasn't named the iWatch for some reason) and iPhone 6. I doubt if there'd be any ground breaking results that would work against Apple's wishes when this news is released worldwide.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   9/25/2014 7:17:17 PM
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@Tiarpur, and once the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 stuff dies down, they will introduce the next generation of iPads and it will start over again.

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Eldredge   9/25/2014 8:15:15 PM
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@tirlapur - While these workers are employed by a suncontractor to Apple, they are not direct employees. That can probably be a double-edged sword. Apple doesn't have direct responsibility for the situation, but admittedly, they should be able to exert dome influence on their subcontractor to correct the failings.

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Triangle Shirtwaist Co. Anyone?
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   9/9/2014 8:22:34 PM
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I read about locked fire exits and think of something I learned about in history class in school: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in  York City on March 25, 1911 remains a touchpoint in terms of industrial disasters. During the fire, 146 garment workers – 123 women and 23 men  died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. The workers, mostly recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged sixteen to twenty-three were locked into the factory.

We need to continue to be vigilant with issues of human safety wherever they occur in the world.

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Susan Fourtané   9/10/2014 9:18:43 AM
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Hailey, 

That sounds horrible. Interesting, though, that there were some sixteen and seventeen year-olds in the factory, as some employees in the Chinese factory are said to be students between 16 and 18. 

Maybe the Chinese factory owners and the Chinese government should read about that fire in the New York factory.  

-Susan 



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