Artist’s impression of discussion on freedom of association at
GoodElectronics and makeITfair Round Table with the electronics
industry, 9-10 May, Amsterdam. By Maarten Wolterink.
The non-governmental organisations WEED and SACOM are today publishing the study “The Dark Side of Cyberspace - Inside the Sweatshops of China’s Hardware Production”. The study is based on 45 interviews conducted with employees of two suppliers of well-known computer companies. It paints an alarming picture of the working conditions in this industry.
Sony Corp axed thousands of jobs on Tuesday and bearish comments from Samsung and Texas Instruments added to the gloom in the technology sector as consumers shun the latest gadgets. Demand for consumer electronics has slumped in the run-up to Christmas as the financial crisis has grown into a broad recession that has already engulfed the U.S., parts of Europe and is dampening demand in emerging markets.
Despite a hard fought breakthrough in November 2008, involving the company paying compensation to dismissed workers, many of the demands of the workplace union have not yet been met. The OWYWU is continuing its struggle. Concrete demands include acknowledgement of the workplace union as an equal interlocutor, adequate compensation and discontinuation of the ongoing dismissals.
'Inside the sweatshops of China's computer hardware production' - a speaker tour organised by Procure IT Fair. Jenny Chan and Charles Ho of the Chinese NGO SACOM will visit Berlin, Brno, Prague, Munich, Dresden and Warsaw.
The GoodElectronics Round Table that took place recently in Jakarta, Indonesia, issued a strong worded statement calling upon the electronics industry to ensure measures are taken to shield vulnerable workers from the negative effects of the current global crisis.