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February 9, 2012

Apple faces protests over labour conditions in Chinese unit

Demonstrations are to be held in New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney and Bangalore on Thursday to protest against conditions at the company’s iPhone factory

By CBR Staff Writer

Protesters plan to target Apple iPhone stores across the world on February 9 to protest against the poor working conditions at the company’s factory in China.

A report in The New York Times last month had alleged that the company employs child labour in the unit and the working conditions were harsh.

The report also spoke about employees working overtime and the company’s suppliers improperly disposing of hazardous waste.

The issue become serious after an explosion took place last May at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, which killed four people and injured 18 others. spokeswoman Amanda Kloer was reported by Washington Post as saying that the protest wasn’t intended to be a mass movement, but is just a way to make Apple hear the concerns of its customers.

The protests have been organised by and, the two websites that have collected more than 250,000 online signatures.

Protesters will deliver the signatures to Apple with the names of people, who believe Apple should develop a strategy to bring factory conditions in line with company standards.

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Demonstrations are to be held in New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney and Bangalore.

Though Apple has joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA), the petition by asks the iPhone maker to publicly release the FLA’s findings including the names of suppliers which have violated the standards.

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