People are dying to make our phones and computers. Recently thirteen workers in an iPhone factory in China were diagnosed with leukemia; five have died. They were between 19 and 24 years old. More than 240 South Korean electronics workers, most of them Samsung employees, suffer from leukemia; 92 have died. But now together we can help change that. Join the Avaaz petition. Watch this video.
On October 28, 19 workers who contracted leukemia and other rare diseases while working at the factories of semiconductor producers including Samsung Electronics and the relatives of workers who have died of these diseases filed a claim for those diseases to be recognized as industrial accidents.
A new investigative report, which includes field research in South Korea, points out at severe violations of labour rights in the electronics industry, particularly regarding health and safety issues, and freedom of association restrictions. Electronics watch promotes and facilitates the socially responsible public procurement of electronic hardware as a new approach to address these violations.
In the electronics sector, direct labour costs generally represent only 2% of the factory selling price. This article explains how an electronic product that is priced $100 when it leaves the factory has a $500 retail price. This, while the workers making the product work for low wages and often work in substandard health and safety conditions.
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.