Apple and Workers

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  • In 2019, Apple admitted to breaking Chinese labor law by employing too many temporary workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory.[1]
  • Nonprofit advocacy group China Labor Watch accused Apple and Foxconn of labor violations, including withholding bonus payments, rolling back safety training, and employing more  temporary workers than China’s laws allowed, The Washington Post reported.[2]
  • Google laid off dozens of employees and outsourced their jobs to India, making the workers train their own replacements before the layoffs.[3] 
  • Google settled with six engineers who claimed retaliation for workplace organizing in a high profile National Labor Relations Board case.[4] The case revealed that Google had run a secret campaign called “Project Vivian” to crush union organizing. Google chose to settle rather than hand over documents related to the operation.[5]