两名前胜华科技（Wintek）员工表示，2009年在组装iPhone时身体健康遭到永久性伤害，出面支持请愿，要求苹果提高海外工厂工作环境。这两名员工分别是郭瑞强（Guo Rui-Qiang，音译）和贾静川（Jia Jing-Chuan，音译），他们是正己烷中毒事件的受害者，要求更多的人在苹果明天召开年度股东大会之前在请愿书上签名。
Dear SumOfUs Members and Friends -
You don’t know us but you have seen our work. Until recently, we worked long hours assembling Apple’s iPhone touch screens in Suzhou, China.
In early 2010, it was independently confirmed that 137workers, including us, were poisoned by a chemical called n-hexane which was used to clean iPhone screens. N-hexane is known to cause eye, skin and respiratory tract irritation, and leads to persistant nerve damage. Apple admitted to gross labour rights violations more than a year later.
If more people know about what we went through, Apple will feel pressured to change so other workers don’t have to suffer like we did.
Can you share this letter with your friends, and ask them to join you in signing our petition calling for a reform of working conditions at their factories?
We have been pressuring Apple, and its new CEO Tim Cook, for years to compensate those of us who were injured working for them, and demanding reform of working conditions at their Chinese factories so that their workers don’t suffer like we do. Now we need your help as customers or potential customers of Apple.
We need your help to send a message to Apple before their shareholder meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23rd. We want to see a strict corporate social responsibility and reform of the audit system to prevent similar tragedies in the future. He will listen to you as current or potential consumers.
You’ve already signed the petition, and 82,000 others have too — for that, we thank you. We believe it’d be symbolicly powerful if 100,000 people signed the petition before SumOfUs delivers it to Tim Cook on Thursdayat their shareholder meeting. We’re really close to that goal, but we need you to share our request with your friends to get over the edge.
Can you share our letter with your friends, and ask them to sign the petition too?
It has been over two years since many of us were hospitalized and treated but our debilitating symptoms continue. Rui-Qiang still can’t find work because he can no longer stand for the long hours most jobs require. Jing-Chuan has to spend nearly $100 a month on health supplements.
But with all of us working together to pressure Apple to change, we can make sure what happened to us doesn’t happen to others too.
- Guo Rui-qiang and Jia Jing-chuan