On June 11, 2006, British newspaper Mail on Sunday reports that a Chinese factory owned by Foxconn Electronics Inc, which manufactures iPod for Apple, denied workers who live in dormitories visiting and required them to work 15 hours a day earning only US$50 a month.
Apple Computer Inc. acts promptly. On June 14, Apple announced that it is "currently investigating the allegations regarding working conditions in the iPod manufacturing plant in China."
Apple is on the right track tackling the alleged sweatshops in China. However, this is not enough. Foxconn's practice has proved itself not sharing the same value with Apple. Foxconn should not continue to be an Apple contractor.
To keep iPod no sweat and keep Apple sweatshop-free is serving everyone's benefits. Please join us to urge Apple to do the right thing.
We are very much disturbed by the recent media reports on labor practices involved in making iPod.
As you know, sweatshops worldwide degrade humanity by depriving workers of their basic human rights, morals and individuality. In China, sweatshops are often the source of deterioration of workers' health, industrial accidents, or even deaths.
Apple has acted promptly. We commend Apple's efforts, and hope Apple will keep its promise and follow through its investigation.
From what we learned from further reports, Foxconn proved itself not sharing values with Apple. Foxconn violates workers basic rights, even from a local standard point of view, and it is doing so in a consistent manner. It is unfit to be an Apple partner, and should not to be contracted to make iPod, or any other Apple products.
Concerned iPod users share Apple's value and its commitment to human rights. They will not be indifferent to human suffering. It is time to show that Apple can make a difference.
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