Apple stores protests against ‘unethical iPhone 5’ factory conditions planned on February 9

By on Feb 9, 2012 in Business, Smartphone, Technology Comments

An Apple protest against the so-called “unethical iPhone 5” factory conditions is being set this Thursday, February 9, 2012, along with online petitions launched two weeks ago addressing alleged labor problems in various countries.

According to US news sites on Wednesday, Apple is facing demonstrations on Thursday at some of its retail stores around the world including in Washington, New York, San Francisco, London, among others.

As noted in reports, two online petitions were launched via Change.org and Sumofus.org appealing to Apple to change the way they treat their factory workers particularly in China, in which New York Times noted late last month about the alleged harsh working conditions at Foxconn, a key Apple supplier.

Later, Apple CEO Tim Cook was said to directly address these issues and reportedly sent an email to all its employees saying that the company is “focused on educating workers about their rights, so they are empowered to speak up when they see unsafe conditions or unfair treatment”.

Meanwhile, the online petition at Sumofus.org against the ‘unethical iPhone 5‘ has now more than 56,500 signatures targeting 60,000, noting that Apple needs to ‘overhaul’ the treatment of their suppliers to their factory workers.

“On the other side of the world, a young girl is also swiping those screens. In fact, every day, during her 12+ hour shifts, six days a week, she repetitively swipes tens of thousands of them.” A statement reads at Sumofus.org.

On the other hand, the online petition Change.org has now nearly 200,000 signatures as launched by Mark Shields, who admitted that he is a long-time Apple costumer but said he was shocked upon learning the alleged abusive working conditions at factories of the company’s suppliers.

“I want to continue to use and love the products you make, because they’re changing the world, and have already changed my life. But I also want to know that when I buy products from you, it’s not at the cost of horrible human suffering.” Shields wrote on his online petition.



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