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.
Just in case you thought Apple (and other companies, of course) wouldn’t exploit poor people of colour in countries other than China. Good on these women for standing up for their rights, which is at least something they can do that their counterparts in totalitarian China cannot.
Not defending Apple on this, but a clarification: The factories are not directly run by Apple, but by companies they contract out to make the devices (Foxconn in this case).
Of course, the fact that Apple didn’t just drop Foxconn altogether over this speaks volumes about how little they actually care about it. They are as guilty as Foxconn themselves for what happened; with better oversight (and actual empathy) from Apple, this might not have happened and the workers might have had better conditions and hazard pay for the obviously grueling work they do.