At IndustriALL Global Union’s Steering Committee on ICT, Electrical & Electronics on 9 April in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 16 unions from all over the world set up key strategies to concentrate on organizing and fighting precarious work.
The Steering Committee conducted survey research on the situation of precarious work in the sector and received 11 cases from 9 unions in 7 countries. The result clearly showed that the permanent workers are being pressured into precarious positions. The unions shared common priority that the unions should make more efforts to organize precarious workers and include them in the same collective bargaining agreement.
Another trend in the ICT, Electrical and Electronics sector is that the labour intensive production of MNC’s is rapidly shifting to India and ASEAN countries (e.g. Vietnam, Indonesia) where the standard wage of manufacturing workers is now lower than China, the world biggest producer of electronics products. At the same time, the number of unorganized workers in the sector continues to increase all over the world and precarious work expands in the complex supply chains system, which was created by free trade agreements without protection of workers’ basic rights.
The 42 participants came from Australia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) has participated at the meeting as guest organization.