Originally Posted by KA47
I am happy I cancelled my subscription of NYT.
Yes because when any publication reports a story that doesn't fit your way of thinking or is "inconvenient", it's best to put your head in the sand rather than dealing with the fact that the company we love so much isn't always 100% ethical.
If just 25% of what the Times reported reflects reality, I think that's a big problem for Apple. While I realize that those employees are not strictly Apple's employees, I believe that since Apple consumes so much of the labor force in that factory, Apple has to take a bigger role in insuring decent treatment for those workers. And the way to do that is that Apple should have a senior level manager who is an Apple employee who spends virtually full-time at Foxconn to monitor working conditions. And I don't know whether the Chinese government would allow this, but Apple should obtain partial ownership in Foxconn to give them a stronger hand.
Apple should insure that at the very least:
- Employees are paid for all the hours they work
- That they are paid what they are promised
- That no employee works more than 6 days/ 60 hours
- That the factories are safe (no more aluminum powder incidents).
One of the things the article pointed out is that Apple forces their suppliers to work on such short margins (much like Walmart) that the factories have almost no choice but to shortchange working conditions. Maybe Apple can make a few percentage points less in margin.
The article also raised the issue of suppliers who supply Foxconn. My feeling is that Apple's responsibility should extend only to the factories and vendors who they contract with directly.
Personally, I would gladly pay 25% more for Apple products if I knew that the workers in their factories were treated decently and/or some of those jobs were brought back to the West. My personal opinion (for all manufacturers) is that ideally, products should be made close to the markets that they serve. That way, communities who buy the products can also benefit from the jobs created. I really don't feel very good knowing that the products I love from a company I love are made by people working under poor conditions and earning just a few dollars a day.