Monday, December 22, 2014

Apple's Broken Promises

A BBC Panorama investigation team went undercover in China and discovered that factories that are making Apple products are still mistreating their workers. Filming on an iPhone 6 production line showed Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken.
It found standards on workers' hours, ID cards, dormitories and work meetings were being breached at the Pegatron factories on the outskirts of Shanghai.
Exhausted workers were filmed falling asleep on their 12-hour shifts. One undercover reporter, working in a factory making parts for Apple computers, had to work 18 days in a row despite repeated requests for a day off.
Another reporter, whose longest shift was 16 hours, said: "Every time I got back to the dormitories, I wouldn't want to move”.
Overtime is supposed to be voluntary, but none of the reporters were offered any choice. Besides the excessive hours, one reporter had to attend unpaid meetings before and after work.
Another reporter was housed in a dormitory where 12 workers shared a cramped room.
Apple said it strongly disagreed with the program's conclusions. At the same time, the company declined to be interviewed for the program, but said in a statement: "We are aware of no other company doing as much as Apple to ensure fair and safe working conditions.
The poor conditions in Chinese factories were highlighted in 2010 when fourteen workers killed themselves at Apple's biggest supplier, Foxconn. Following the suicides, Apple published a set of standards spelling out how factory workers should be treated. It also moved some of its production work to Pegatron's factories on the outskirts of Shanghai.
Pegatron said it was carefully investigating Panorama's claims and would take all necessary action if any deficiencies were found at their facilities.
Really? Or are promises made to be broken?
"The Panorama: Apple's Broken Promises" was screened on BBC One on December 18, 2014.

In an EPL game yesterday, Liverpool was spared another deflating EPL defeat when a late header deep into stoppage time earned the Reds a 2-2 home draw against Arsenal.
The Gunners were in fact playing poorly and yet they still led with goals from French duo Mathieu Debuchy (45+2) and Olivier Giroud (64) after Philippe Coutinho (45) had put the hosts deservedly ahead.
And then Martin Skrtel headed home the match-saving 90+7th-minute equalizer – from Steven Gerrard's corner – to deny Arsenal and at least give the Anfield faithful some pre-Christmas cheer. Whew, what a relief!

Celtic lost 1-2 to Dundee United on Sunday. The defeat brought an end to the former's eight-game winning run in the Scottish Premiership and left them four points ahead of the latter and Aberdeen. Goals from Nadir Cifcti (5) and Stuart Armstrong (65) sent Jackie McNamara's side ahead before Leigh Griffiths reduced the deficit late on – in the eighty-seventh minute.

Celtic is a good team – so they should bounce back.

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