Handful of protesters deliver Chinese factory petition to Apple Retail Store

“Activists hand-delivered petitions with a quarter of a million signatures to Apple’s Grand Central Terminal flagship store in Manhattan today, reiterating its plea for the company to adopt more ethical standards for the creation of its popular products,” Roger Cheng reports for CNET.

“Apple, for its part, says it already does a lot to help with working conditions abroad,” Cheng reports. “‘We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain,’ said an Apple representative. ‘We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever Apple products are made. Our suppliers must live up to these requirements if they want to keep doing business with Apple.'”

Cheng reports, “Last year, the company conducted 229 audits at supplier facilities, and it has set up a site [apple.com/supplierresponsibility] to report on the working conditions of its suppliers.”

“The crowd of actual activists here was small, with a little more than a dozen supporters–far outstripped by the mass of media on the scene. The delivery, however, was part of a global effort that included petitions sent to stores in Bangalore, London, and Sydney,” Cheng reports. “Activists are scheduled to deliver petitions to the San Francisco flagship store later today, according to Sarah Ryan, an organizer for Change.org.”

MacDailyNews Take: Again, there is no Apple Retail Store in Bangalore, or in India, for that matter. This, along with the entire “protest” itself, is case of people with too much time on their hands who have failed to do their homework. We’d bet our Macs that this isn’t the first time their homework wasn’t done.

Cheng reports, “The groups aren’t seeking a boycott of Apple products, merely that the company change its views on its suppliers and working conditions overseas. But Ryan said the group would call for a boycott if Apple had the option to improve conditions and opted to focus on profitability instead.”

MacDailyNews Take: Empty words from vapid pawns instantly forgotten.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, in case you missed it yesterday:

Gee, here’s a great idea: Let’s protest the very company that has done the most to improve worker conditions at their supplier companies’ factories in China while ignoring and buying products from other companies’ that do absolutely nothing at all. Ah, the “logic” of vapid pawns.

Hey, as long as you don’t impede our visits to buy many Apple products in counter-protest, feel free to waste your time however you like.

We assume, of course, that these will be a totally nude “protests” since your clothes and shoes were made by workers enduring far worse conditions than any of those assembling iPhones, iPods, Macs, or iPads.

(BTW: Shhh, don’t tell ’em, but Apple doesn’t even have a retail store in Bangalore, or anywhere in India for that matter. No matter, that particular “protest” will be at least as effective as all of the others combined.)

What we wrote last week:

Overheard at FUD, Inc.:

Well, boys, those were some $%&@!# earnings. WTF are we going to do now? Apple’s isn’t just taking a bigger slice, they’re taking the whole $%&@!# pie!

There’s no new iPhone yet, so we can’t take something like attenuation and blow it all the $%&@!# out of proportion. There’s no new iPad, yet, so we can’t say that it’s so thin it cut off a little old lady’s arm in Sheboygan. We need something to give the public a least a little pause or we’re $%&@!# dead.

Hey, what about the old “Chinese slave labor” angle? Make those $%&@!# Jobsian perfectionists look like greedy $%&@!# evil overlords. Use their money and success against them. Ooh, I like it. I really like it.

Yeah, yeah, dummy, I know we all use the same Chinese company for assembly. And, yes, my little $%&@!#, I know they’re the best paid factory workers in China, because of Apple, no less. Don’t ever say that aloud again, you $%&@!#. Nobody cares about the facts. This is $%&@!# FUD, Inc.! All of our $%&@!# phones attenuate, too, you $%&@!# moron!

Perception is everything. Repeat it enough times and the $%&@!# suckers of the world lap it up like candy and start repeating it like parrots.

Quick, call up our friends at the paper!

Yup, the $%&@!# suckers of the world have lapped it up like candy and will be repeating it like parrots at a handful of big city Apple Retail Stores – and some poor reseller’s store in Bangalore – this Thursday.

Much more information about Apple Supplier Responsibility here.

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Apple in China: Should we applaud instead of condemn? – February 3, 2012
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31 Comments

  1. Please protestants, go get a life (or a job) and don’t tray to boycott those companies that give us (the Mexican people) very great and good jobs.
    I have never been in chine, but it was the same shi-t they were saying about American factories in Latin America and it turn out, every single American company is WAYYYYY BETTER that any given Mexican company established in mexico. Having USA and German (top best) companies in mexico is the best it ever happen to us. So please don’t try to “help us” too, stay away please…..

  2. Protesters must hate it when companies are already doing a lot and the wind gets taken out of their gasbag lungs and everyone looks at them like the half-wits they are in disbelief. Thanks but you’re a day late and some IQ short a-holes! And start dealing honestly with your convictions and stop singling out the most popular company who is already dong the best job of managing their manufacturing employees overseas.

  3. get a life people… You will gain nothing from doing this to Apple or any other company. As long as there are people willing to work at the current pay rate (There are hundreds or even million Chinese willing to do anything to get a job at Foxconn), companies like Foxconn won’t increase wages or improve working condition.

    IMHO, these guys should deliver petitions to Chinese Embassy not Apple Store. It’s the govt job to protect workers not a foreign company like Apple.

  4. With all the real suffering in the world, these attention lovers are focusing their pretend “compassion” on a company who is truly creating sustainable jobs and valuable products while explicitly clarifying the humane work conditions. These workers want work and can/will quit if they so choose. Let’s not suppress the source of their opportunity.

  5. Outside of Change.org, and delivering a box of signed petitions to an Apple store, what exactly has Sarah Ryan and crew personally done to improve the “plight” of China’s peasant farmers looking for non repetitive factory work that pays great, is a secure career and has an exciting future all in 1.5 years? (sorry was typing this during one of those get your college degree TV commercials.

    I bet Sarah and crew think they’ve done their part so they can feel good about themselves and now it is time to move on to the next world injustice!

    Kind of like that idiot Sean Penn who went to an Iraqi children’s hospital, being trailed by the lap dog liberal media, panting in anticipation to show the loving care of Saddam Hussein and the inhumanity of Bush before “George’s” war… Penn’s trip didn’t do anything to improve their lot and I seriously doubt that moron has ever gone back!

    Me? I ain’t done a damn thing to help the children of Iraq or the peasant farmers in China, but then again, I’m not hounding for faux publicity pretending I care and that what I am doing makes a difference.

  6. “with a little more than a dozen supporters–far outstripped by the mass of media on the scene”

    Tells it all… staged media FUD campaign, sponsored by Goorgle, Samedung and dumbasses from Windblows fantards from cnet.

    What a bunch of asshats.

    1. yep,

      also
      I expect CNN, NYT , 60 minutes etc to soon send their paparazzi goons to comb through the million workers at Foxconn and film a handful of disgruntled workers (of course offering to pay them $$$ for their exclusive) — ignoring the vast majority who want to work there – and blast it all over as ‘proof’ of Apple evilness.

  7. Anyone know where the proof of MDN’s statement is? Is there some article or third party that says Apple has done more for employee working conditions than the other Foxconn companies or than their competitors? I know Apple does a LOT. I just cannot myself corroborate that Apple’s doing more. Also is there proof that some of Apple’s competitors (and Foxconn clients) are doing nothing?

    Also does anyone know of any sources (articles, studies) that track or show that articles about Apple have a significantly higher hit or read rate than articles about other electronics companies? To me, that’s ALL the singling out of Apple is about. Press. But I cannot find articles on Google on the read rate or hits on Apple articles. Anyone have sources on this? I want to BURY this story about uncaring Apple. I know it’s BS, but I want more than MDN’s opinions. I want hard facts that any knucklehead with a PC cannot refute. No lame articles, strong ones that will help bring the blame back to ALL companies and eventually back to the consumer who won’t pay more for their fun stuff.

    Anyone have sources on any one of those three points? I already read the article on consumers not wanting to pay more. Anyone got proof/evidence/well-sourced articles on Apple’s relative angel status, other’s devil status and the press hits on Apple stories vs other electronics stories?

    Many thanks!

    1. there’s stuff around, here’s some:

      Well known Chinese Labour activist says Foxconn is hard but Apple/Foxconn is still better than the others:

      “Apple is doing a better job auditing its suppliers than it’s competitors, says a China labor activist.
      Labor activist Li Qiang says Apple is doing a much better job of monitoring factory conditions than Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Nokia and many others.

      “I compared Apple with other cell phone companies, such as Nokia. And the conditions in those factories are worse than the ones of Apple,” he said.” …. “Qiang praised Apple for disclosing the problems it has uncovered at it suppliers, especially because Apple’s reports are so serious and disturbing. He noted that competitors like HP and Dell haven’t been anywhere near as forthcoming.”

      http://www.cultofmac.com/144430/apples-factories-are-sweatshops-but-theyre-better-than-competition-says-labor-activist/

      And from Chinese Workers perspective:
      Commentators on Chinese Newspaper Blog in response to NYT article:
      “””If not to buy Apple, what’s the substitute – Samsung? Don’t you know that Samsung’s products are from its OEM factory in Tianjin? Samsung workers’ income and benefits are even worse than those at Foxconn. If not to buy iPad – (do you think) I will buy Android Pad? Have you ever been to the OEM factories for Lenovo and ASUS? Quanta, Compaq … factories of other companies are all worse than those for Apple. Not to buy iPod – (do you think) I will buy Aigo, Meizu? Do you know that Aigo’s Shenzhen factory will not pay their workers until the 19th of the second month? If you were to quit, fine, I’m sorry, your salary will be withdrawn. Foxconn never dares to do such things. First, their profit margin is higher than peers as they manufacture for Apple. Second, at least those foreign devils will regularly audit factories. Domestic brands will never care if workers live or die. I am not speaking for Foxconn. I am just speaking as an insider of this industry, and telling you some disturbing truth,” another users wrote a comment posted by Caixin.”

      (don’t have link — i have it on a post I kept – but I believe even Mdn carried the story)

      Foxconn’s own site pictures of their internet cafe, swimming pools (maybe it’s propoganda but you decide yourself)
      http://www.foxconn.com/Condition2.html

  8. Hey MDN, what the fuck do you mean”there is no Apple store in Bangalore India”? I agree that the protesters are stupid, but why hate on India, the largest democracy in the world. You better recognize. Fuck you and the protestors too

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