makeITfair - a project implemented by number of organizations from EU and developing countries developed a report titled Gender perspective. Production of Next-Generation Electronics in Poland.
The research was conducted from May to July 2007 and was based on existing literature, press reports and accessible data related to the industry as well as empirical research included interviews compiled with a small sample of workers and trade union representative of one of Polish factories, as well as interviews with trade union representative and human resources worker in another factory. In the factory where makeITfair talked to workers the results suggest a worrying similarity with conditions normally associated with factories in the developing world. They work for 12 hours shifts with just two 15 minute breaks and earn 200-350 Euro per month (including overtime). This is barely enough money to get by. Workers told us that conditions were often hot and dusty – and that the work is exhausting and tedious. makeITfair’s research has also shown that unions have a limited ability to help the workers.