Labour Conditions in the Production of Computer Parts in the Philippines

This report is part of the ‘makeITfair’ project to raise awareness about development issues in the production chain of the consumer electronics industry, with a special focus on products for young consumers, such as mobile phones, MP3 players, game consoles and laptops.

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is generally perceived as a clean industry employing highly skilled people who earn decent wages by doing advanced engineering, programming and different service jobs. This is, however, only one part of the reality behind the computers that are sold and used around the world. What remains hidden behind the brand name companies such as Acer, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hewlett Packard, and Dell is the labour force engaged in the manufacturing processes in developing countries – mostly young women working at the assembly lines for excessive working hours at low pay and often deprived of their rights.

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