Although most of Apple's critics come from outside of the company's immediate circle, that trend is being broken today by a new report that shows former Apple executives blasting the Cupertino-based tech giant for "ignoring" overseas labor abuses.
According to coverage provided by The New York Times, more than one unnamed former Apple executive sounds off in order to assert Apple's culpability in the alleged abuses.
“We’ve known about labor abuses in some factories for four years, and they’re still going on,” said one former Apple executive who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of confidentiality agreements. “Why? Because the system works for us. Suppliers would change everything tomorrow if Apple told them they didn’t have another choice.”
“Apple never cared about anything other than increasing product quality and decreasing production cost,” Li Mingqi, a former Foxconn Technology employee, tells the NYT. Li is now suing Foxconn over his dismissal despite having helped the company successfully manage the aftermath of a Foxconn plant's fatal explosion in May of 2011. “Workers’ welfare has nothing to do with their interests,” he said.
To read the full and highly controversial report from The New York Times, click here.