In the frame of http://mayofsolidarity.org/ we will organise protests and civil disobidience simultanously in various European cities in front of Apple stores. We will denounce Apple as profiteer of the global chains of exploitation, as symbol of "modern contract manufacturing" benefitting from the global wage hierarchies. The current crisis policy involves austerity programmes in Europe with the result of redistribution of wealth from bottom to top, that forces more and more people into precarious labour contracts. But in the same time the aggressive crisis policies aim to extend and intensify immediate conditions of exploitation in the global production.
Apple is one example, this company no longer runs production sites itself but has its iPhones and iPads produced by contract manufacturers such as Foxconn that operate at low wages in world market factories in China and elsewhere. Apple provides design and technology, Foxconn organises the industrial production for Apple. With 1.3 million employees, Foxconn is both the world's most important industrial employer and producer of more than 50% of all electronic products worldwide.
Smartphones and tablets, notebooks, game consoles and workstations: All these devices are stained in the Global labour market with sweat and blood of mostly young, migrant workers who share – albeit in different forms – the blackmail of institutional racism that is functional to wages differentiation. They suffer exploitation in the production sites of the electronics industries in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, in industrial labour camps characterised by humiliation, stress, shift work, low wages, despotic management, accidents at work and diseases. Yet, there is no room for such horrors in the medial versions of our digital world and even less in the popular advertising spots of Apple or Samsung.