Is there blood on your iPhone? How we can help Chinese workers at Foxconn

Paul Garver, who frequently posts on China as part of the Talking Union team, spoke on a panel on China at the recent LabourStart Global Solidarity conference.  Here are his interesting comments on Foxconn, the mega manufacturer of electronic devices for Apple and other companies.

We will be presenting additional videos of conference events over the next week or so.

June 8 Global Day of Remembrance for Victims of Foxconn

It’s been dubbed the “suicide express” by Chinese media. Twelve workers, all between 18 and 24 years old, have committed suicide, at the production facilities of Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwan-owned enterprise based in Shenzhen, southern China. Foxconn is a key supplier to various leading brands including Apple.

SACOM (Students & Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior) and labor organizations based in Hong Kong and Taiwan, is calling for a Global Day of Remembrance for Victims of Foxconn for June 8th, to coincide with Apple’s global launch of its fourth-generation iPhone. The Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed the Global Day of Remembrance.

They are also appealing for a one-month June boycott of Foxconn’s products (Foxconn supplies major electronic products not only for Apple, but for Nokia, HP, Dell, Sony, Erikson, Motorola and others).

Update:  Apple has announced that the new iPhone 4G is scheduled for release on June 24. This would be an excellent day for a small symbolic action.

Here are some ideas on how you can support the Global Day of Remembrance: Continue reading