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Samsung expects profit growth and has overtaken Intel

Samsung Electronics earnings are expected to hit $12 billion. The growth in profit was driven largely by the success of the company’s semiconductor business. On the other side Samsung management discourages employees from speaking up and identifying problems. On Friday July 7th Samsung Electronics said…

Two legal wins: SHARPS achieves new momentum

SHARPS has scored two legal wins in a single day, achieving new momentum in its ongoing effort to hold Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd accountable for the occupational disease cluster. Samsung LCD and Leukemia On July 7, the KCOMWEL approved a workers compensation claim filed by…

Global unions urge world leaders to elevate example of Bangladesh Accord

As the G20 tried to tackle issues such as fair trade and corporate responsibility in Hamburg, global unions were calling on summit participants to look to the recently re-signed Bangladesh Accord as a model for promoting sustainable business practices. IndustriALL General Secretary, Valter Sanches, said:…

Over 55.000 people sign petition to ban toxic chemicals in electronic supply chains

Over 55.000 people signed the petition ‘COMPLICIT: Demand Apple and Samsung Protect Workers from being Poisoned’. The documentary ‘Complicit’ tells the stories of workers who suffer from reproductive illnesses and aggressive forms of cancer due to chemical poisoning in electronics factories that produce for Apple,…

Inside ‘Foxconn city’

Journalist Brian Merchant managed to enter Foxconn’s Longhua complex in Shenshen, China, home to around 450.000 workers. The Longhua complex received a lot of media attention in 2010, when employees committed suicide by jumping off the high buildings. Unfortunately, not much has changed since then….

Methanol poisoning victim testifies before UN Human Rights Council

Methanol poisoning victim testifies before UN Human Rights Council

During the 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, a former employee at a Samsung Electronics subcontractor testified about his loss of vision caused by methanol poisoning in the workplace. “I lost my vision and suffered brain damage while making…

Are Apple and Samsung 'Complicit'?

Are Apple and Samsung ‘Complicit’?

Visual artist Robin Bell, projected images of ‘Complicit’ on two Apple stores in New York. ‘Complicit’ describes the story of workers in China’s electronics industry who became terminally ill due to exposure to chemicals in the workplace. With the action, the artist calls attention to…

SHARPS marks the 600th day of sit-in against Samsung Electronics

SHARPS marks the 600th day of sit-in against Samsung Electronics

As SHARPS’ sit-in has surpassed the 600 day mark, Sharan Burrow, general Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, visited the very site where families of Samsung’s cluster victims and SHARPS advocates have been squatting in protest against Samsung Electronics for scuppering negotiations. Solidary of…