On 8 September, the GoodElectronics Network sent a letter to SONY, expressing its concerns over unjust treatment of migrant workers from Myanmar who have been working for SONY Malaysia in Bangi.
Behind Silicon Valley’s glossy ads and gleaming products stands an army of exploited manufacturing workers. As customers flood Apple’s stores with the launch of each new phone, a steady trickle of reports has brought to light the egregious labor violations and sickeningly fast production speeds that go into creating the electronic devices we “can’t live without.”
People are dying to make our phones and computers. Recently thirteen workers in an iPhone factory in China were diagnosed with leukaemia; five have died.
In China, there are more than 200 million people working in hazardous environments. And in a country that produces more than half of the world's cell phones, many of them are doing that hazardous work in electronics factories, often making or assembling parts for the Apple products the rest of the world relies on.
Nearly a year after they were sacked for taking part in series of strikes and sit-ins at a Nokia factory in Dongguan, a group of 70 workers are still fighting for reinstatement on the basis of illegal dismissal.