Earlier this year the European Commission initiated a working group to guide the implementation of RoHS, the EU Directive on hazardous chemicals in electrical and electronic equipment. ChemSec, the only NGO representative in the group, has in a letter to the European Commission announced that we will leave the working group.
The tripartite Global Dialogue Forum on 'the adaptability of companies to deal with fluctuating demands and the incidence of temporary and other forms of employment in electronics' took place in Geneva on 9-11 December 2014.
Two people have been killed during an accident at an LG factory in South Korea. The two men were carrying out routine maintenance when they were suffocated by a nitrogen leak in the room in which they worked. In a statement LG said that four other workers were affected by the leak but their injuries were not life-threatening.
The ITUC has been informed that top officials of the Hong Kong trade union movement are facing imminent arrest for their support for the “Umbrella” movement. The names of HKCTU officials Lee Cheuk-yan (General Secretary) and Mung Siu-tat (Executive Director) are included on a list of persons who are to be summoned to police stations where they will be arrested.
The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), a nonprofit coalition of leading electronics companies dedicated to supply chain responsibility, today announced that it will conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat forced labor.