On 13 August 2014, Apple announced the ban on benzene and n-hexane in the final assembly facilities of its iPhone and iPad products, a response to SACOM and other labour concern groups’ long-term campaign for a better working condition in Apple supply chain. Regrettably, it is a too-late commitment and there are still miles to achieve a healthy and safe environment to all workers in the Apple supply chain, when the ban is only effective in final assembly factories.
The Finnish company Nokia used to be the charming ‘girl next door’ among the telecoms. But the takeover by Microsoft has changed it all. It’s the Vietnamese and Indian workers assembling the mobile phones who are now the dupes.
Apple Inc has worked with supplier Quanta over the past year to improve working conditions after a 2013 audit uncovered a profusion of violations, including excessive overtime and health hazards.
Only six weeks after the latest revelation of child labor in Samsung’s supply chain, China Labor Watch (CLW) has again uncovered child workers and student workers employed under exploitative conditions at a Samsung and Lenovo supplier factory called HEG Electronics in Huizhou, Guangdong Province. As part of an investigation of HEG that took place in July and August this year, CLW obtained a list of more than 10 children (under 16) employed by HEG making Samsung parts, the youngest of whom was 14.
At least 44 Nepalese migrant workers were arrested in Malaysia when about 500 of them rioted at an electronics factory and attacked officers after one their colleagues died due to alleged negligence of the firm. The migrant workers turned violent at the factory run by JCY International - a Malaysian firm that makes parts for electronic giants like Samsung, Hitachi and Western Digital - in Johor state on Tuesday following the death of their colleague who complained of chest pains.