End Abhorrent Labor Conditions in Apple Supply Chain

Target: Timothy Cook, CEO, Apple Inc.

Goal: Strictly regulate its suppliers on labor laws and worker’s rights

With its abuse of human rights growing increasingly evident, Apple recently promised to weed out suppliers who were blatantly disregarding human rights. Apple has failed to follow through with its promise and needs to do a better job of regulating its chain of suppliers.

A company in China named Pegatron has recently been exposed for employment discrimination, as it is refusing to hire China’s lower ethnic groups. A report conducted by the China Labor Watch showed Pegatron to have 86 labor violations. Despite Apple claiming to use only suppliers who are “committed to the well-being of its workers” it continues to contract with Pegatron to assemble its gadgets.

Apple says its workers have the right to be in safe, protected environments where they can speak openly about issues and their supervisors will tend to it. Apple also claims that its workers will have access to safety gear as well as current training although at Pegatron workers have access to none of the aforementioned.

At other factory suppliers for Apple, workers are undergoing forced labor, hiring discrimination, and do not participate in training for the minimum amount of time required. There are injured, fatigued workers who know little about their rights and options and have little chance to better things for themselves. Apple has made promises to keep their workers safe and in a protected environment. Apple cannot continue to allow its suppliers to atrociously abuse the rights of their worker’s.

By signing this petition you are urging Apple to reprimand and take control of suppliers who are abusing worker’s rights and labor laws.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Cook,

Some of the suppliers whom your company uses to assemble or manufacture your products have been proven to severely disregard labor laws and worker’s rights. These suppliers are making it hard for me to personally believe that you are upholding promises you made to regulate your supply chain for abusive companies with slave like conditions. I strongly urge you to reprimand and strongly regulate your suppliers on its working conditions.

One supplier, Pegatron, has recently been exposed for employment discrimination, as it is refusing to hire China’s lower ethnic groups. A report conducted by the China Labor Watch showed Pegatron had a total 86 labor violations. Regardless of claiming to only have suppliers who are “committed to the well-being of its workers” you have continued to contract Pegatron to assemble your devices.

Apple has stated that your workers have the right to be in safe, protected environments where they can speak openly about issues and their supervisors will tend to it. It is also stated that workers will have access to safety gear as well as updated training although at Pegatron workers have access to none of the aforementioned.

At other factory suppliers such as AVY and Riteng Computer Components, workers are undergoing forced labor, hiring discrimination, and do not participate in training for the minimum amount of time required. There are injured, fatigued workers who know little about their rights and options and have little chance to better things for themselves. As a company you have made promises to keep your workers safe and in a protected environment. Do not continue to allow suppliers to atrociously abuse the rights of worker’s.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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