I guess today perhaps isn’t the day to point out that
- Apple has a history of making employees in Asia pay recruitment fees, which often lead to workers acquiring a debt equalling several months of wages just to get jobs.
- Workers have repeatedly been made to work more than the legal 72 hours a week that China allows any one worker to work in a week.
- In February this year it was revealed that four Apple factories falsified payroll documents to reflect higher wage pay-outs to their workers.
- Workers making the iPod back in 2006, 2007 and 2008 worked on average 12 hours a day, six days a week, every three weeks, whereas a ‘normal’ week in a Chinese Apple factory was 60 hours long.
- The minimum monthly pay for a Chinese Apple worker was reported to be roughly £27 roughly a year ago.
- Earlier this year, it was leaked that Apple forced workers at some of its Chinese factories to sign pledges, promising not to commit suicide as a result of the extreme stress the workers find themselves in in these factories.
- Apple has repeatedly admitted to using child labour in the past.
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As I said, may the man rest in peace, but I still feel the need to point out that while it’s a tragedy when a human passes away, it is hardly appropriate to describe Steve Jobs as if he was some kind of God. Granted, Apple is not alone in its abuse of human rights, but as they do commit these crimes on a regular basis, it’s rather annoying to see people canonise Steve Jobs name.
But hey, that’s capitalism.