The wheelbarrow-delivered petition is to be held at the George St store at 8am tomorrow, and is being coordinated across the world, with Washington, New York, San Francisco, London and Bangalore organising similar protests.
A Change.org media release states that protesters are “demanding the company respond to recent criticisms of worker abuse in their supplier factories and commit to creating an ethical iPhone 5”.
As we reported last Friday, Mark Shields, a Washington communications consultant, started the petition after seeing media reports about working conditions in the Chinese factories, including those operated by Apple partner Foxconn Technology.
The reports talked about repetitive motion injuries and other problems at Apple partner factories, Shields wrote in his petition.
“We ask that Apple release a worker protection strategy for new product releases, which are the instances when injuries and suicides typically spike because of the incredible pressure to meet quotas timed to releases,” he wrote.
Shields described himself as an Apple ‘super-user’, but said the report upset him.
“Here’s the thing: you’re Apple,” he wrote in the petition. “You’re supposed to think different. I want to continue to use and love the
products you make, because they’re changing the world and have already changed my life. But I also want to know that when I buy products from you, it’s not at the cost of horrible human suffering.”
Apple didn’t respond to a request for comments on the petition.
Change.org expects the protest group to consist of 20 people.