The human cost built into making an Apple iPad

2 Feb

First three good comments

Bev Moody (Florida)

“Nothing that goes on in China surprises me. The Chinese government
can’t spell the word “responsible” in English or Chinese. Due to greed
(profits at any cost), corporate America just doesn’t care about what
happens to foreign workers, or to Americans that get stuck with
poisonous Chinese products. I try very hard to buy American, but these
days that’s almost impossible. And, yes, I will pay more for a product
that is made of American parts and truly built in America.

Nipun Jain (Hyderabad)
29 Jan, 2012
I am not sure whether blaming apple worker conditions is entirely
correct. It is the job of the chinese government to make sure they
have laws on minimum wages and maximum working hours per day and they
are strictly followed. Chinese products are so cheap not just because
of cheap ingredients but also because of inhuman conditions in which
people living on daily wages have to work. Full time employees are not
better far off, with some other chinese ready to take his job and also
at the same time on much lower pay. Chinese govt indirectly is
encouraging business firms to make cheap products so that they can
generate huge exports revenue by flooding international markets. For
Someone’s big profit at the end some one has to suffer, that is law of
nature and human greed is endless.

joemike (london)
28 Jan, 2012
said one former Apple executive. “But most people would still be
really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from.” “You can
set all the rules you want, but they’re meaningless if you don’t give
suppliers enough profit to treat workers well,” said one former Apple
executive with firsthand knowledge of the supplier responsibility
group. “If you squeeze margins, you’re forcing them to cut safety.”
“And right now, customers care more about a new iPhone than working
conditions in China.” From this report one can see that Apple is the
most dictatorial company in the world bend only on profits, no matter
what the human cost is. They have more than 70 billions hard cash
which they don’t even know how to to put to good use. Shame on people
who use Apple products despite knowing these things


The human cost built into making an Apple iPad

“”We’re trying really hard to make things better,” said one former
Apple executive. “But most people would still be really disturbed if
they saw where their iPhone comes from.”

When Mr. Lai finally landed a job repairing machines at the plant, one
of the first things he noticed were the almost blinding lights. Shifts
ran 24 hours a day, and the factory was always bright. At any moment,
there were thousands of workers standing on assembly lines or sitting
in backless chairs, crouching next to large machinery, or jogging
between loading bays. Some workers’ legs swelled so much they waddled.
“It’s hard to stand all day,” said Zhao Sheng, a plant worker.

Banners on the walls warned the 120,000 employees: “Work hard on the
job today or work hard to find a job tomorrow.

In the last decade, Apple has become one of the mightiest, richest and
most successful companies in the world, in part by mastering global
manufacturing. Apple and its high-technology peers – as well as dozens
of other American industries – have achieved a pace of innovation
nearly unmatched in modern history.

However, the workers assembling iPhones, iPads and other devices
often labor in harsh conditions, according to employees inside those
plants, worker advocates and documents published by companies
themselves. Problems are as varied as onerous work environments and
serious – sometimes deadly – safety problems.

Employees work excessive overtime, in some cases seven days a week,
and live in crowded dorms. Some say they stand so long that their legs
swell until they can hardly walk. Under-age workers have helped build
Apple’s products, and the company’s suppliers have improperly disposed
of hazardous waste and falsified records, according to company reports
and advocacy groups that, within China, are often considered reliable,
independent monitors.

More troubling, the groups say, is some suppliers’ disregard for
workers’ health. Two years ago, 137 workers at an Apple supplier in
eastern China were injured after they were ordered to use a poisonous
chemical to clean iPhone screens. Within seven months last year, two
explosions at iPad factories, including in Chengdu, killed four people
and injured 77. Before those blasts, Apple had been alerted to
hazardous conditions inside the Chengdu plant, according to a Chinese
group that published that warning.

“Apple never cared about anything other than increasing product
quality and decreasing production cost,” said Li Mingqi, who until
April worked in management at Foxconn Technology, one of Apple’s most
important manufacturing partners. Mr. Li, who is suing Foxconn over
his dismissal, helped manage the Chengdu factory where the explosion

“Workers’ welfare has nothing to do with their interests,” he said.
Apple is not the only electronics company doing business within a
troubling supply system. Bleak working conditions have been documented
at factories manufacturing products for Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM,
Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Toshiba and others.

Rest read of the long article here



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