Thank Apple for Improving Conditions for Factory Workers

Target: Apple CEO Tim Cook

Goal: Thank Apple for improving conditions for factory workers in China

Foxconn is a China’s largest private employer. Its factories make iPad cases and other products for Apple. Foxconn has long been known for its difficult working conditions, long hours, and low wages. In March, Apple discussed working conditions with Foxconn and got the company to agree to wide-ranging reforms that would greatly improve its employee’s lives. Thank Apple CEO Tim Cook for working to improve labor conditions in China.

Foxconn employees, like many factory workers, are paid a very low wage and are expected to work incredibly long hours. Many laborers end up working illegal overtime that leaves them aching and exhausted. Exhaustion is one of the biggest causes of workplace accidents. In the past, Foxconn has also been sighted for using underage laborers and exposing its employees to dangerous chemicals.

China’s labor laws state that employers can only ask their employees to work an average of 49 hours per week. Previously, some Foxconn employees worked schedules that approached 100 hours a week. Foxconn pledged to increase employee wages so that their salaries would not drop due to the cut hours. This means that many of the laborers, who previously received illegally low wages, will be paid almost 50 percent more an hour. Foxconn has almost 1.4 million employees. These changes will greatly benefit all of them and will set a higher standard for factory working conditions in China.

Apple stepping in was the catalyst that made these changes a reality. After Foxconn and Apple’s conversation, the employees noticed other changes. Employees were given comfortable, padded chairs to sit on. Safety precautions such as safe chemicals and stair railings were also implemented. Sign the petition below, and thank Apple for stepping up and working to improve the lives of factory workers in China.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Cook,

American companies often use foreign labor to make their products. Apple is no exception. Foxconn is China’s largest private employer. It currently makes iPad cases and other products sold by Apple. Until recently, Foxconn was known for giving its employees low wages, incredibly long work hours and unsafe working conditions. However, an Apple executive recently negotiated a new deal with Foxconn.

Chinese labor laws say that an employee can work no more than an average of 49 hours per week. Some Foxconn laborers worked almost 100 hours per week. Additionally, their salaries were small, despite the long hours. Thanks to your efforts, Foxconn has agreed to decrease employee hours and increase their salaries. Thank you for making an effort to improve the lives of workers in China.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. I’m glad they’re better off, but I don’t want them coming to Western countries and helping themselves to/stealing what we white people have made FOR OURSELVES!

    • The point of this petition was actually to illustrate that we have a social responsible to ensure our utilization of international labor doesn’t come at the cost of people’s lives and safety.

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