An employee of a Korean Samsung Electronics' chemicals supplier has petitioned for workers compensation after being diagnosed with leukemia—yet another sign that Samsung’s cosmetic efforts to improve workers safety, and brazen attempts to deny rightful compensation to victims of its blood-disorder cluster, are backfiring as safety negligence has plagued its supply chain.
28 April is International Day to Commemorate Dead and Injured Workers. The day is celebrated around the world, and is also called International Workers’ Memorial Day, the Day of Mourning, or World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
On March 30, 2016 Apple released its 10th Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. Two days later, on April 1, the latest UK Higher Education Framework Agreement for Apple products went live. It includes the Electronics Watch Contract Conditions, which means that UK universities affiliated to Electronics Watch can now legally require their contractors to respect domestic and international labour standards in Apple's supplier factories.
AFREWATCH was invited by the GoodElectronics Network to speak at the GoodElectronics Round Table “Responsible Mining for Electronics” on 19 April in The Hague. Emmanuel Umpala Nkumba, director of the nonprofit organisation AFREWATCH, discusses his collaboration with SOMO, which focuses on capacity building and the promotion and protection of human rights.
Bloomberg reporter Shai Oster got access to a large Pegatron factory near Shanghai, where around 50,000 people assemble Apple iPhones.