Fair Labor Association begins inspections of Foxconn at Apple's request

By Jos · 10 replies
Feb 13, 2012
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  1. Amid public concerns of harsh working conditions, Apple has announced that a team of labor rights experts, under the leadership of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), will conduct audits of…

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  2. Xero07

    Xero07 TS Booster Posts: 100

    I wonder what level of conditions qualifies as "fair"
  3. I've seen an old film outlining how bad walmart is with 3rd world manufacturers and workers rights. This seems to be the same sort of thing. The biggest issue they had for quality control was that the workers had no choice but to lie when asked questions. They said they would be phased out if they didn't lie and are desperate for the little that they already get.
  4. A weekly wage that will buy a cup of joe here in the states.
  5. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    A cup of joe of the cheap **** that is.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    "We believe that workers everywhere have the right to a safe and fair work environment, which is why we?ve asked the FLA to independently assess the performance of our largest suppliers,? Apple CEO Tim Cook said

    Oh right... it had nothing to do with the protests at the apple stores http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidth...tests-apple-begins-manufacturing-inspections/

    Or the petition on Chang.org http://www.mnn.com/money/sustainabl...blogs/watch-250000-people-sign-apple-petition

    In other news... Apple's stock price hit $500!
  7. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    There is nothing special about what Apple does as compared to other manufacturers, except the profit margin. When you have way higher profit margins than anyone else in the industry, one can begin asking if perhaps some of those margins be given back to the person making the product. Just makes Apple seem a bit greedier than others, but that's really pot/kettle territory.
  8. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    10 to 1 every single one of those manufactuors are right now pooping themselves and trying to "clean up" any of those sick or overworked employees. Im betting that much like any visit from a corporate office, their visit will be planned. Meaning only the best and least complaining ppl will be working on the day the inspectors show up.
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Win/Win for you guys that hate Apple so much. Apple does nothing 'Outrage!', Apple gets some group to look into working conditions 'Outrage!'
  10. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    lol is this a response to the recent cnn and john stewart show where they show that apple factories in china are so bad that they placed nets outside the buildings to catch people trying to commit suicide by jumping off? And for all that we only save 23% on a ipod. The list goes on in that episode of the craziness the workers go through they live in a city\factory with a few hundred thousand workers, they bunk with 8 people per tiny room, get beat, work 16 hour days 7 days a week and some other stuff I can't remember. Yeah im so eloquent today.(sarcasm)

    oh look i still have it, it aired jan 16th 2012

    wow edit just watched the segment again 35 hour shifts!
    31 cents an hour
    if they try to make a union they get 12 years in prison

    call of duty modern work fair lol

    john stewart singled apple out because rick perry said that more american corps should be like apple
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    You're right... nothing special. But it's the same reason why McDonalds was the target of Fast Food nation etc... even though others had higher fat/calorie burgers. 1) They're the biggest, and in Apple's case, they're very very rich and can afford to change.

    2) The intangibles. For McDonalds, marketing to kids was over the top. For Apple it's the hypocrisy of the Apple users, not so much the company. The iPhone is the preferred phone of the creative hippie. There's even an app called Inhuman Megaphone for use at Occupy protests to get around the megaphone laws at parks.

    The same crowd who hates corporate greed, uses Apple to shout their message. Apple is arguably the dirtiest corporate player we've seen in a LONG time. Constant lawsuits to stifle competition coupled with overpriced products (it costs $200 to make the phone they sell for $600) and only now are finally taking notice of the workers' conditions.

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