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Foxconn trade union research

May 2013

Through this investigation, we want to know about Foxconn’s existing union system and analyze the problems of the existing union from the view of Foxconn workers (frontline general workers especially) in which would require Foxconn to face workers’ concern on union organization, earnings, factory management and to provide institutional proposal on “building a real union" in Foxconn factories. In addition, we hope to provide ideas to All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) and other local union federation on their work of organizing trade unions on basic level.

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Complaint to the Swedish National Contact Point for the OECD

April 2013 Théo Jaekel

Complaint to the Swedish National Contact Point for the OECDGuidelines for Multinational Enterprises regarding actions by Electrolux Thailand. The complaint is being made to the Swedish NCP given that Electrolux Thailand is a wholly owned subsidiary of Electrolux AB, which has its headquarters in Sweden, thus allowing the Swedish NCP authority to consider the case.

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Apple fails in its responsibility to monitor suppliers

February 2013

In its code of conduct, Apple claims that it requires its suppliers to uphold its workers' basic human rights as understood by the international community, and to treat them with dignity and respect.1 In contrast, our investigations demonstrate that Apple supplier factories are intensifying a military-style management of workers. Apples' products sales are high, with new models and devices every year. This means that its suppliers in turn depend on an extremely large and flexible workforce to meet Apple's demanding production orders on short notice. Therefore, to make sure workers meet the daily production targets, Apple suppliers resort to inhumane labor practices, even to the extent of denying workers' basic human needs, such as allowing bathroom breaks, sufficient rest, and access to proper nutrition; these conditions partly contribute to the high labor turnover rate. Increasingly, Apple suppliers use student workers from vocational schools from all over China, under the guise of “student internships”. These alarming findings prove that Apple suppliers are indeed sweatshops that exploit their workers.

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Series for Responsible Investor (RI) Engagement: Freedom of association in the global electronics sector

Series for Responsible Investor (RI) Engagement: Freedom of association in the global electronics sector
January 2013

This information sheet looks into policies and practices with regard to the right to organise and the right to collective bargaining in the global electronics industry.

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Series for Responsible Investor (RI) Engagement: Temporary agency work in the electronics sector

Series for Responsible Investor (RI) Engagement: Temporary agency work in the electronics sector
January 2013

This information sheet looks into the human rights abuses experienced by temporary agency workers, both those working at electronics companies’ own factories and those working at their suppliers. The sheet presents specific demands to the electronics industry with regard to this topic.

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