No, Apple isn’t being targeted directly, rather the group of protesters currently making noise at Apple is trying to get at Wintek, one of Apple’s suppliers.
According to the GlobalPost, labor activists have accused flat-panel maker Wintek of exploiting workers at its factories in Taiwan as well as in its subsidiary's factory in China. GP reports that after months of negotiations, Wintek has not fully addressed the group’s demands, so they're taking their campaign to one of its high-profile customers, Apple.
The labor groups claim that Wintek cut salaries and fired hundreds of workers without warning at the end of 2008. They also allege that the company made employees work unpaid overtime in order to complete orders on time.
Wintek is denying the whole thing and told the GlobalPost in an email that Wintek posted record net losses in 2008, and was forced to institute "cost-saving measures." However, the Wintek statement said that the company provided laid off staff with unemployment packages and said that all policies are in line with local law.
.....misleading title very stupid and cheap trick.
Foreign companies in China are constantly targeted by labor inspectors from central, provincial or even county level bureaucracy. Current Chinese labor law is regarded quite protective even by Chinese standard. However, most labor abuses in China actually comes from government-owned enterprises or Chinese companies who have good connections. People simply don't stand a chance against People's Armed Police doing their cracking down on "riots."
Yes and No.
For the people got laid off by Wintek, yes.
But the protest took place in Taiwan which is under a totally different government system and totally different sets of laws.
I am the latter.
The people got laid off in China may fit mavroxur's point.
But the people got laid off in Taiwan and the protestors are under a totally different government system and a set of totally different laws.
Things in Taiwan are supposed to be much closer to the States than China... business is business... who knows...
I'm sorry if you feel 'tricked' but that wasn't my intention. Really.