Apple Employees In India Endured Filthy Conditions

Apple Employees In India Endured Filthy Conditions Working For Slave Wages

When it comes to big tech, it’s a big club, and the people in charge of producing the products aren’t always scrupulous about working conditions…unless the employees stand up for themselves.

That is what happened in India at one of the plants crucial to Apple’s iPhone supply chain. The living and working conditions were so unsanitary and unsafe, that the employees who are used to less than luxurious surroundings formed a protest on December 17.

Reuters broke the story.

SRIPERUMBUDUR, India, Dec 30 (Reuters) – For women who assembled iPhones at a Foxconn plant in southern India, crowded dorms without flush toilets and food sometimes crawling with worms were problems to be endured for the paycheck.

But when tainted food sickened over 250 of the workers their anger boiled over, culminating in a rare protest that shut down a plant where 17,000 had been working…

Reuters spoke to six women who worked at the Foxconn plant near Chennai. All of them requested they not to be named because of fear of retaliation on the job or from police.

Workers slept on the floor in rooms, which housed between six to 30 women, five of these workers said. Two workers said the hostel they lived in had toilets without running water.

“People living in the hostels always had some illness or the other — skin allergies, chest pain, food poisoning,” another worker, a 21-year-old woman who quit the plant after the protest, told Reuters. Earlier food poisoning cases had involved one or two workers, she said.

“We didn’t make a big deal out of it because we thought it will be fixed. But now, it affected a lot of people,” she said.

Due to the protest and the attention it drew to the working conditions that were not a concern previously, apparently, the plant in India is now on probation until working conditions improve.

The facility has been placed “on probation” and Apple will ensure its strict standards are met before the plant reopens, an Apple spokesperson said.

“We found that some of the remote dormitory accommodations and dining rooms being used for employees do not meet our requirements and we are working with the supplier to ensure a comprehensive set of corrective actions are rapidly implemented.”

That statement from Apple is rather mild given the nature of the complaint.

At least the situation was reported in the west. Americans usually do not know what it takes to get their iPhones to market.

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