Software giant Microsoft Corp will cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, it announced in a press statement last week. The bulk of the cuts, around 12,500 professional and factory positions, will come from the Nokia business, which Microsoft purchased for $7.2 billion in April.
The Global Day of Action for the 24 dismissed workers of NXP Philippines, held on July 2, has led to a dropping of the charges that were filed against 5 leaders of the NXPSCI Workers Union over the June 16 protests. On the downside, last July 4, the NXPSCI management still refused to present a proposal before the conciliation conference held by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board.
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said it halted business with a supplier in China over suspected use of child workers, the first time it has taken such a step, after criticism that its monitoring of labor practices at suppliers was inadequate. The decision comes less than a week after U.S.-based China Labor Watch said it found "at least five child workers" without contracts at the supplier and called Samsung's monitoring process to halt such practices "ineffective."
On July 11 in Jungli, Taiwan, the ROCMU-IndustriALL Global Union Organizing Seminar on ICT, Electrical & Electronics Workers took place. 42 union officers from various age groups and 16 plant level unions, including non-affiliated unions in the sector, participated. They actively discussed the importance of organizing unorganized workers and the question of how to strengthen their own union cooperation.
China Labor Watch (CLW) has once again exposed the employment of child labor in Samsung’s supply chain, this time at a factory called Shinyang Electronics in Dongguan, China. This revelation comes nearly two years after CLW first revealed the exploitation of children in a Samsung supplier factory. During the busy season and in urgent need of labor, Shinyang hires child labor and underage student workers.