In order for Apple to counter act their labor abuse allegations, Apple’s iPhone and iPad assembly lines in China’s Shenzhen region were open today outside inspections.
Last month, Apple disclosed the majority of its major suppliers and the planned FLA (Fair Labor Group) visits. Apple CEO Tim Cook made a statement today that, “The inspections now underway are unprecedented in the electronics industry, both in scale and scope, and we appreciate the FLA agreeing to take the unusual step of identifying the factories in their reports.” Apple did not respond to any requests for comments.
On Change.org over 200,000 people have already signed a petition to improve the working conditions of Apple factories. The non-profit FLA plans on interviewing thousands of employees in regards to their working and living conditions. They also plan to inspect the workers dormitories. The first results from the inspection will be posted in March. FLA also announced it will inspect Quanta and Pegatron facilities this coming spring, extending the review to more than 90% of Apple’s assembly lines.
The sad part is that Apple now joins Adidas, Nike, Patagonia and others that have supported such monitoring to improve labor conditions in contract plants but have all been caught breaking those rules. It’s pretty sad what greed will do.
In January there were negative reviews and claims about Apple factories including underage, involuntary workers and over 60 hour work weeks.
In retrospect to the matter Apple announced the revealing of the iPad 3 in march which drew the attention away from the inspections and into its stocks. Apple shares gained 1.86 percent during the day, powered by the reports about the new iPad being unveiled next month, to close the day at $502.60.
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