A new lawsuit against Apple accuses the company (as well as other technology giants) of encouraging forced child labor in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a subject that “haunts” Ma a long time ago. The information is from The guardian.
In the most recent case, several Congolese families went to court reporting that their children were killed or maimed during the mining of cobalt, material used in the manufacture of batteries for smartphones, notebooks and electric cars. In addition to Ma, the case cites Google, a Dell, a Microsoft and the Tesla.
Children who exploit the cobalt virus are not only being forced to work in extremely dangerous functions that depress their studies and futures, they are also being mutilated and killed regularly by tunnel collapses and other known risks common to cobalt mining.
The authors of the action say they are conducting a new case study and will add other companies to the process. In addition, they say these companies use euphemisms to “facilitate” the work of minors.
(The workers) are officially called “artisanal” miners to cover up the fact that it means they are working in a large informal sector of people, including small children, who go to areas where cobalt is found and use primitive tools to digging and digging tunnels for material without any safety equipment and without any structural support to work on (the tunnels).
Families want the case to be tried by a jury and, ultimately, the payment of moral damages and medical care to workers (children or not) of unhealthy service.
Ma has not yet publicly commented on the case but, as we said, the company has been the target of similar actions in the past: in 2016, Amnesty International claimed that several companies (such as Apple, Samsung, Sony and Microsoft) were buying cobalt by producers who used child labor, as well as offering terrible working conditions.
At the time, the Cupertino giant replied that it was unable to determine the origin of the material used; Nevertheless, the company suspended the contract with all DRC miners. We'll see how the company responds to this (serious) charge now.
via AppleInsider | image: Siddharth Kara