Protestors delivered letters to Apple Stores around the world asking Apple to re-examine its use of Foxconn production factories overseas. Apple decided (relatedly or otherwise) to step up its inspections of those factories, so you probably won’t be surprised to hear that protestors planned to do it all again. SumOfUs aimed to deliver a letter to Apple during its recent shareholder meeting, allegedly written by two factory workers who claim they were poisoned while working on the line.
The protest and the meeting were both held the morning of February 23, so hopefully the handoff went off without a hitch. Apple hasn’t officially acknowledged these protests, and I’m sure it would rather not have these kinds of claims bouncing around in public. Still, Apple hasn’t been closed off to the issue; the company often runs inspections on overseas factories and has consistently said that every facility where its products are built adheres to all standard regulations.
So far, all these protestors have asked for is to “reform working conditions,” but exactly what that means, or what form of action that might mean for Apple, is unclear. As long as these protestors remain civil and Apple continues to hear their concerns and act on them as best it can, hopefully everyone will do what’s right for any workers dealing with unfair or possibly harmful conditions at these plants.