Bill to Stop Slave Labor Likely to Get Big Tech Pushback

Bill to Stop Slave Labor Likely to Get Big Tech Pushback

( – It’s well-known that China has around one million ethnic Uyghurs held in “re-education camps” in its Xinjiang region. The nation forces most of these people to perform forced slave labor. To combat this, lawmakers have proposed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which would force US companies to stop using slave labor in their products. But, one major tech company is pushing back.

On Friday, August 27, Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the bill to ensure companies do not use slave labor anywhere in their supply chains. However, a lobbying report filed by Fierce Government Relations, Apple’s lobbying firm, shows the tech company paid the lobby group $90,000 to push back against the bill.

Publicly, Apple said it supports the act. Behind the scenes, the public knows the tech company has deep ties to China. A May 2021 report by The Investigation showed multiple Apple suppliers who likely used forced labor.

New York Magazine contributor Yashar Ali shared more:

The bill named other companies, like Coca-Cola, Patagonia, and Costco, complicit in the act, alleging they use forced labor from the Xinjiang region. While most of these companies have not publicly commented, it’s clear that many major US companies would rather cover up where their products come from than fix the human rights abuses within their supply chains.

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