Description At Foxconn, one major manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone, iMac, iPad and iPod touch, an alarming wave of suicides had finally caught the media’s attention. Unfortunately, the claims date back to 2010, when 13 workers at a factory run by Apple supplier Foxconn committed suicide. All jumped to their deaths from factory rooftops after claiming that the company ran military-style production lines on which employees were forced to work overtime for low wages. Living in dorms with up to twenty four workers in each room with barred windows and then working long hours each day makes life for these young people unbearable. These conditions have virtually created labor camps run by foreign plantation owners. They are indeed, the slaves of Apple.ThoughApple has been on notice for 5 years as the target of a campaign by USAS’ Hong Kong partner Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), genuine changes have not taken place. Despite persistent efforts by SACOM to get Apple to stop the abuses at Foxconn, Apple’s former CEOs Jobs and their current CEO, Tim Cook, have falsely denied the problem until recently. Since January, 13 young workers at Apple’s supplier factory in Shenzhen, China have committed suicide, and just a few days ago, a young worker died from exhaustion. Why? Working 36 hours nonstop without overtime pay, earning poverty wages, facing humiliation by company managers and being denied independent union representation. While the economic crisis has pushed hundreds of electronics suppliers out of business, Apple has yielded record profits on the backs of its young Chinese workers. Under the direct pressure of Apple and other buyers, its supplier Foxconn has not been paying production line workers enough to even meet basic needs, compelling workers to labor up to 100 hours of overtime a month, close to three times the maximum 36 hours permitted by Chinese labor law. Furthermore, Foxconn, responding to heavy public scrutiny, recently manipulat
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his deepest passions, convictions, and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was formally trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Using HD videos formats, he showcase his digital paintings, poetry, other mixed media images; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.