Reuters reports that a group of Wintek employees that were poisoned during the manufacture of Apple products by the N-Hexane cleaners that their company used are making a direct appeal to Apple CEO Steve Jobs.
“From when hexyl hydride was used, monthly profits at Apple and Wintek have gone up by tens of millions every month, the accumulated outcome of workers’ lives and health,” said the letter, signed by five workers claiming to represent employees.
Wintek said it had used the chemical, which evaporates faster than alcohol, to speed up production of touch screens for Apple products. It has since gone back to using alcohol.
Apple noted that Wintek had used the chemical in its yearly Supplier Responsibility Progress Report and the company had discontinued its use. Apple declined to comment on the workers’ letter and referred a reporter back to its supplier report.