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Germany strikes again over Amazon warehouse pay

German union Verdi has not given up on the hopes that striking at Amazon warehouses will change the mega-etailer’s mind about pay. Verdi wants workers at distribution centres in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben, and Rheinberg to walk out as it continues its agitation over pay and working conditions. "Amazon still refuses to …

Apple iPhone factory workers imprisoned in virtual slavery – report

Global manufacturing giant Flextronics International, which supplies components for Apple, Cisco, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft, among others, has been accused of virtually imprisoning workers in indentured servitude. Bloomberg Businessweek reported on Thursday the sad saga of one Nepalese chap, Bibek Dhong, who left his home in a …
Rik Myslewski, 7 Nov 2013

Is your Apple gadget made of human misery and eco-ruin?

Apple has sent a squad of eco-warriors to a far-flung Indonesian island on a mission to find out whether its devices are full of tin from mines which destroy the environment and kill their workers. The fruity firm said its team embarked upon a "fact-finding visit" to Bangka Island to see whether its suppliers source their tin …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Jul 2013
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Apple 'dismayed' to find over 100 kids building its iDevices

Apple found 106 different ongoing cases of underage workers in its suppliers in China and 70 historical cases, according to its seventh annual supplier audit. The fruity firm said it was "dismayed to discover" that one supplier, Guangdong Real Faith Pingzhou Electronics (PZ), was rampantly violating the policy, with 74 …
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Dead Steve Jobs' patent war threat to Palm over 'no-hire pact'

Steve Jobs threatened the CEO of Palm with a patent bash-up if he didn't stop nicking Apple employees, a court filing in an antitrust lawsuit has revealed. Apple and other tech defendants, including Google and Intel, are the subject of a civil suit brought by five tech workers alleging that the firms conspired to eliminate …
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Foxconn: THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products

Apple manufacturer Foxconn has admitted that child labourers were working at one of its factories in China. The Taiwanese firm said an internal investigation found employees as young as 14 working at its plant in Yantai in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, according to China Labour Watch. The US-based NGO said Foxconn …
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US job market sneezing, blowing nose: Will we catch cold too?

The way the US economy is adding jobs each month – or rather, not adding a sufficiently large number of new workers – Mitt Romney will be six months into his second term or Hillary Clinton will be a half-year into her first term before the unemployment rate comes back down to levels before the Great Recession hit in December …

Foxconn to create workers' paradise?

Foxconn plans to double the minimum wage of its mainland China workers by 2013 as part of a renewed attempt to soften the image of the ultra-secretive company, says Taiwanese site Want Daily. The outlet reports that Foxconn president and chairman Terry Gou said he wanted the firm’s Chinese workers paid at least 4,400 yuan (£ …
Phil Muncaster, 28 May 2012
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Workers worry about pay cuts from Apple, Foxconn pact

Labor-conditions activists and feel-good petitioners may be pleased with Apple's agreement with contract-manufacturing giant Foxconn to cut back on workers' overtime, but there's another affected class that's not as pleased with the outcome: the workers themselves. "We are worried we will have less money to spend," Foxconn …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Mar 2012

Embattled Foxconn raises wage slaves' salaries

China's Foxconn contract-manufacturing group, which for years has come under fire for alleged workforce abuses, has responded in part by giving its workers raises of from 16 to 25 per cent. According to a Bloomberg report, the raises kicked in on February 1 – just one week after a scathing article in The New York Times wrote …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Feb 2012
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Apple tops Google in 'Reputation Quotient' survey

Apple may be facing brickbats for the working conditions at its Asian contract manufacturers, but a new survey puts Cook & Co. at the top of all US corporations in overall reputation, including perceived leadership in Workplace Environment. According to Harris Interactive's Reputation Quotient (RQ) Survey – which polled over …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Feb 2012

Apple Stores getting petitions on ethical conduct for breakfast

Breakfast at Apple retail outlets in Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore will come with a side order of protest on Thursday morning, as “concerned Apple customers” will be dropping off 250,000-signature petitions calling out Apple on supplier working practices. The petitions ask Apple to …
Iain Thomson, 9 Feb 2012
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US economy hands IT a mixed bag in December

It looks like the IT industry is faring no better or worse than the US economy as a whole when it comes to creating jobs. Private sector companies in the United States added 212,000 jobs in December, to some a sign that the economy is improving and to others that it is just bumbling along. Governments at the local, state, and …

Office workers: 'The best way to upgrade a PC is to smash it'

More than one in four European office workers believe that the quickest way to get a replacement phone or laptop is to destroy the one provided to them by their employer, according to a new study by online-backup provider, Mozy. "Shockingly, over a quarter of the office workers surveyed feel that the quickest and most …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Apr 2011
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Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides

During 2010, Apple audited the facilities and management practices of 127 of its worldwide suppliers, and found instances of underage labor, unsafe working conditions, inadequate safety devices, lack of first-aid supplies, improper handling of hazardous chemicals, excessive recruitment fees, and more. Much more. And if Apple's …
Rik Myslewski, 15 Feb 2011
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IT workers top UK inertia league

Personal training outfit Fat Free Fitness has shockingly revealed that the UK's IT workers top the nation's inertia league - drinking too much coffee and doing way too little exercise. A probe of 1,734 employees found idle IT so-and-sos are Blighty's least energetic, with just 19 per cent meeting the gov's activity guidelines …
Lester Haines, 17 Nov 2009
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Today marks 'least productive' day of year

Today is apparently the "least productive" day of the year, as glum workers battle that sinking feeling provoked by the clocks going back. That's according to a poll by the the Canary Island tourism board, Promotur, which found that no less than 52 per cent of 2,000 workers polled reckoned they'd struggle to get their act …
Lester Haines, 26 Oct 2009
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Sarko boosts standing by standing in front of dwarves

The wheels appear to have come off French prez Nick Sarko's latest attempt to boost his international standing, after it was revealed he was backed at a motor technology plant speech by the shortest workers the company could rustle up. Sarkozy, whose modest 5ft 5in frame was shamefully snapped standing on a box to deliver a …
Lester Haines, 7 Sep 2009

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