Whereas the European economy plunges further into the crisis with its array of drastic social consequences, HP/EDS management is taking advantage of the current situation to shed jobs and cut wages and benefits. "Nothing justifies the severity of the announced measures. In reality, HP is not a company in crisis. It is a very profitable company which announced excellent results at the end of 2008", states the strong worded press release by EMF and UNI-Europa.
Since August 2006 Greenpeace has assessed the environmental policies of consumer electronics companies through its “Guide to Greener Electronics”. Initially this quarterly publication focused on leading computer and mobile phone producers and their policies with regards to hazardous chemicals used in their products and the waste generated by their branded products. Since then the Guide has evolved to include the 18 top manufacturers of personal computers, mobile phones, televisions, and games consoles. It now assesses their policies on toxic chemicals, recycling, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation.
Last November 13, an agreement was reached between Hoya Glass Disk (Thailand) and the Electronics and Electrical Appliances Relation Labour Union (EEALU) which brought a months-long conflict between the two parties to an end. 35 dismissed workers cum union members were reinstated. Barely two months later, EEALU is faulting Hoya Glass Disk for major breaches of the agreement.
For its plant in Reynosa, in northern Mexico, Nokia hires its workforce through labour agencies Adecco and Manpower. It turns out that the rights of these workers are badly protected. GoodElectronics was informed of the mass dismissal of more than 1,000 workers since November 2008. Manpower and Adecco were offering less than 2,000 pesos as a severance payment to these workers. 53 of them refused to accept this pitiful amount, among whom seven pregnant women.
Last October 3rd, a known Philippines labour organiser and activist, Emmanuel “Manny” Asuncion, was ordered arrested, in the Southern Tagalog region, the Philippines, along with a number of other people. Manny Asuncion is on the Board of Trustees of the Workers Assistance Center (WAC). WAC has been part of the GoodElectronics network from the very beginning. WAC beliefs this is again another attack of the Arroyo government on the labour movement and leaders of people’s organisations in the Philippines by using pseudo-legal means. WAC has formulated a strong-worded urgent appeal.