Turning Up the Heat on Apple

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 22nd Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The pressure mounts on Apple to improve working conditions in China.

The heat is on

Last night, February 21st, ABC News Nightline program featured a piece on Apple's manufacturing plant in China,and the abysmal working conditions suffered by its employees there. We saw dozens of teenage workers dressed in protective clothing toiling silently under bright flourescent lights, working twelve and fourteen-hour shifts allowed only one ten minute break per shift, with no overtime pay. Nightline also showed company dorm rooms which house over 200,000 of their 400,000 workers, crammed together like cattle in a slauighterhouse yard. Also visible were the nets strung ouitside the windows of the dorm to catch workers trying to jump to their deaths from the dorms. In 2010, at least a dozen of Apple's employees ended their lives this way.

Over 200,000 people have thus far signed petitions to urge Apple to begin to treat its Chinese workers like the human beings they are.

Log on to SomeOfUs.org to sign the petition.


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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Human exploitation takes many forms and this is one of them.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Yes indeed, Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar ittech
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Very nicely done!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you ittech.

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author avatar Buzz
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Apple's image has been tarnished by China's version of the company's work ethic.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Indeed.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for this update Steve...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

WOW your articles never stop to intrigue me...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
23rd Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you savaswritier. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Retired
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for the update-i had no idea!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Apple is the worst. Thank you rama devi.

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author avatar Songbird B
24th Feb 2012 (#)

This is shameful and I only hope that Apple are shamed enough to correct their abysmal treatment of their workers Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Feb 2012 (#)

I agree - thanks Bev.

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author avatar Bill
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Your blurb is a distortion of the facts but some apparently are swallowing it. That is human exploitation.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Feb 2012 (#)

So you think Apple treats their workers well? And it's exploiting people to point that out? What planet are you on? Oh - you work for Apple? That explains it. Tjhanks for commenting Bill.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Feb 2012 (#)

I think it is the general work culture in China. It is Apple's major component manufacturers who are exploiting the workers but Apple should have none of this and be responsible too. It is better that the civilised world addressed these issues sooner than pretend not to see. Another good post, Steve - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Feb 2012 (#)

Very perceptive points and suggestions, Siva. Thanks for commenting.

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