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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…

Is Apple really providing learning opportunities to its employees?

A new investigative report disclosing Apple’s interns abuses will be published by SACOM soon. To demand Apple Inc. to stop abusing students and end labour informalization, please like and share SACOM’s animation and join the campaign #iSlaveat10. In recent years, the term “Empowering Workers” has…

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:…

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…

EU regulation on responsible mining will be ineffective

EU regulation on responsible mining will be ineffective

The EU regulation on mineral sourcing that comes into force today is a good but small first step. Additionally, due to its limited scope and delay in implementation, it will not be effective enough, says the GoodElectronics Network. The extraction and trade of minerals, including…

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…

Chinese interns used as cheap labour at assembly lines

Chinese interns used as cheap labour at assembly lines

Companies like Foxconn and Honda are increasingly depending on interns as cheap workforce. Interns do the same work as regular employees, but are paid lower wages and receive less social security and welfare benefits. Because of the exclusionary university exam system, many Chinese students are…