'Made in China' is a quarterly journal on Chinese labor, civil society, and rights. The new edition, 'Fare Thee Well, Chinese Civil Society?' is out now.
Minerals that are used for every day products like smartphones, laptops and TVs are often tainted with human rights abuses like child labor and the financing of armed conflict. Existing laws and regulations to keep ‘conflict minerals’ out of the supply chains of these products are overlooking risks in countries other than the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), like Colombia, Peru and Myanmar.
Mineworkers at IndustriALL Global Union affiliates in three different continents are facing attacks from multinational companies seeking to cut jobs, slash benefits and drive down wages. International solidarity and unity is needed to counter these attacks.
Research conducted by Cividep and published by the GoodElectronics Network reveals substandard labour practices in Samsung’s manufacturing facility in Sungavarchatram, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. Poor wages and long working days and deliberately blocking unionisation are some of the problems that workers face every day.
Historically, the ties between the South Korean government and the big conglomerates in the country, known as ‘chaebol’, are close. These close relationships are now questioned as ex-President Park Guen-hye is arrested in the corruption scandal involving Samsung.