Apple & Foxconn worker abuse still prevalent

 Apple & Foxconn worker abuse still prevalent

Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) says that Foxconn hasn't cleaned up their act, following the company’s promise to improve conditions for their workers.

Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) says that Foxconn hasn't cleaned up their act, following the company’s promise to improve conditions for their workers.

Earlier this year, the Fair Labor association audited Foxconn's working conditions, and uncovered labor violations including illegal working hours, and a disregard for employee health and safety. Foxconn is the world's largest electronic parts manufacturer, and manufactures many of Apple's products, including the iPad and iPhone.

Tim Cook himself paid the company a visit and yet, according to Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), Foxconn and Apple have not cleaned up their act.

 Apple & Foxconn worker abuse still prevalent
Tim Cook at Foxconn

SACOM has visited Foxconn's factories on multiple occasions, and after performing over one hundred interviews, has arrived at the conclusion that problems like inhumane treatment, salary cuts, and high production targets are still issues there.

SACOM spoke to Routers on the subject saying,

"The frontline management continue to impose humiliating disciplinary measures on workers. The above findings demonstrate that Apple and Foxconn have not turned over a new leaf."

Geoffrey Crothall of the China Labour Bulletin concurs with SACOM, explaining,

"I haven't seen any real evidence of any significant changes. At the moment they're just tinkering around the edges and doing PR stunts … I don't think there's a short term fix to the situation at Foxconn. It's too big, it's too complicated."

Foxconn has increased worker salary, but overtime cuts make it so that the salary has actually only decreased. Public sentiment of Foxconn, and even Apple for how they have handled the allegations of poor conditions there, is low right now. It seems the conscience of an international market with millions of i-devices is eager to help relieve the situations of those who make them.

Source: Cult of Mac

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