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.
Critical statement by Bread for All and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior addressing the electronics sector's sustainability initiatives concerning working Conditions in China
Article in the China Labour Bulletin analyses upcoming changes in China's labour regulations. A crucial turning point in the history of China's trade union movement may have been reached. For the first time since 1949, trade union officials are openly stating that the union should represent the workers and no one else, while new legislation in Shenzhen places collective bargaining – previously a no-go area – at the core of the union's work.
A Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) team will be conducting primary research on the impact of e-waste in India. SVTC's executive director Sheila Davis, intern Serena, and Lauren Ornelas, Campaign Director of SVTC, will be chronicling their activities and findings in a blog and publishing videos of the journey.
The Greenpeace report "Chemical contamination at e-waste recycling and disposal sites in Ghana", released on August 5th 2008, exposes the extent of environmental contamination caused by recycling and disposal of e-waste in Ghana. Analysis of soil and sediment taken from two electronic waste (e-waste) scrap yards in Ghana has revealed severe contamination with hazardous chemicals. (1)
In a short paper F. Weyzig of SOMO describes the current trade union situation at Sanmina SCI Systems in México (Sanmina), a supplier of Philips, on the basis of information provided by CEREAL. Sanmina has five plants and more than 10,000 employees in Guadalajara, Mexico. The main issue are so-called shadow unions.