Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

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Sweatshops are good for Apple and Foxconn, but not for workers

“What’s wrong with sweatshops?” sums up the attitude of Terry Gou Taiming, the Foxconn CEO. In April 2012, when Foxconn organised a trip to Taiwan for selected Mainland workers, Gou explained his views to the Taiwan media, saying “There’s nothing wrong with working hard, with blood and sweat, as long as no laws are broken.” Most of the workers are angry with Terry Gou’s statement. “Of course sweatshops are good for Terry Gou, but not us. Without our blood and sweat, how could Foxconn grow rapidly?” Lin Yong, a male worker from Guanlan campus retorted.

Apple Concedes Problems in Supply Chain at Last: FLA Report Omits Work Stress and Forced Internship

Under intense public pressure, Apple has joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and subsequently opened its suppliers to for factory inspections. After the month-long investigation at Foxconn in Shenzhen and Chengdu, the FLA released the report on Thursday. In the report, FLA pointed out several pressing issues at Foxconn, including, working hours, health and safety, industrial relations, compensation and interns. Foxconn is notorious for its harsh management methods, which is one of the factors triggered the spate of suicides in the company in 2010. Yet, the problem of hash management and [...]

An Open Letter to Tim Cook for an End of Labour Abuses in Apple’s Supply Chain

Mr. Tim Cook

CEO, Apple

1 Infinite Loop

Cupertino, CA 95014


[Joint Statement] Give Apple workers a voice in their future

Apple and Foxconn are lying and calling the kettle black

On 16 March 2012, the NPR radio programme This American Life announced that spoken word performer Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Estasy of Steve Jobs monologue was partially fabricated. The programme retracted the episode concerned immediately. Sfoon after the announcement, Foxconn’s spokesperson Louis Woo responded that “I am happy that the truth prevails, I am glad that Mike Daisey’s lies were exposed.” Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) is disturbed by Foxconn’s comments as if it is innocent. Since 2008 SACOM has been monitoring the working conditions at Apple suppliers in China, including at Foxconn and Wintek. During 2010 and 2011, we issued five [...]