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Apple knew a supplier was using child labour but took 3 years to fully cut ties, despite the company’s promises to hold itself to the ‘highest standards,’ report says

Apple discovered that Suyin Electronics, one of its Chinese-based suppliers, relied on child labour on multiple occasions, but still took three years to fully cut ties,The Information reported on Thursday. Ten former members of Apple’s supplier responsibility team told The Information the company has refused or has been slow to […]
Apple knew a supplier was using child labour but took 3 years to fully cut ties, despite the company’s promises to hold itself to the ‘highest standards,’ report says
Lifestyle

Justin Bieber’s church Hillsong is accused of racism, anti-LGBTQ behaviour, and exploiting volunteers after pastor Carl Lentz was fired for having an affair

In November, Carl Lentz — the head pastor of the millennial-friendly Hillsong Church in New York City — made headlines when he was fired for engaging in an extramarital affair. His ouster was announced publicly by Hillsong’s founder, Brian Houston, who noted “leadership issues,” “breaches of trust,” and “moral failures” […]
Justin Bieber’s church Hillsong is accused of racism, anti-LGBTQ behaviour, and exploiting volunteers after pastor Carl Lentz was fired for having an affair
Tech

Former Apple employees have accused the company of turning a blind eye to suppliers that were violating Chinese labour laws

Apple disregarded suppliers in China breaching the labour law which caps the proportion of temporary workers at 10%, according to ex-employees and internal company presentations, per The Information. Former staff members told the website Apple was concerned the labour law would heighten costs, delay product launches, and drain resources. Apple […]
Former Apple employees have accused the company of turning a blind eye to suppliers that were violating Chinese labour laws
Tech

Amazon is facing a lawsuit that accuses it of violating civil rights laws by failing to protect Black, Brown, and immigrant warehouse workers from COVID-19 while looking out for its mostly white managers

Amazon is facing a class action lawsuit that accuses the company of illegally discriminating against workers of colour and immigrants by failing to provide PPE and implement COVID-19 safety measures. According to the complaint, Amazon “subjected these minority workers to health threats to which Amazon did not subject its primarily […]
Amazon is facing a lawsuit that accuses it of violating civil rights laws by failing to protect Black, Brown, and immigrant warehouse workers from COVID-19 while looking out for its mostly white managers
Tech

Apple suspends business with its 2nd-largest iPhone manufacturer, Pegatron, after discovering student-labour violations in China

Apple said Monday it had halted business with its supplier Pegatron after discovering labour violations in a student-worker program. Pegatron, the second-largest iPhone manufacturer, misclassified students, allowed them to work night shifts and overtime, and let them perform work “unrelated to their major,” Apple said. An Apple spokesperson said: “Apple […]
Apple suspends business with its 2nd-largest iPhone manufacturer, Pegatron, after discovering student-labour violations in China
News

Unions are suing the state of Washington, accusing leaders of failing to protect farm workers from the coronavirus

A new lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Washington state of failing to protect the lives of farm workers, demanding it immediately issue mandatory, emergency regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Washington has issued voluntary guidance that recommends employers provide sick farm workers masks, “if available,” and suggests allowing sick workers […]
Unions are suing the state of Washington, accusing leaders of failing to protect farm workers from the coronavirus