The University of Groningen in the North of the Netherlands, has become the third Dutch university to affiliate to Electronics Watch. The University includes integrated sustainable development in its teaching and research, as well as in its business operations, and hopes to set an inspiring example promoting sustainability and actively involving and facilitating students in sustainable activities. The University also collaborates closely with public institutions and the government.
Electronics Watch is happy to announce its second full consortium affiliation, ITSH-edu, the working group of IT- and IT-procurement departments of universities and research institutions in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost federal state. ITSH-edu serves as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among its members and is increasingly used as a common interface to Schleswig-Holstein's government institutions. ITSH-edu's (currently 14) members identify and perform common projects in IT-technology and procurement.
A recent ILO analysis of "just-in-time" production and related procurement practices in the electronics industry reports on research in five countries that found that 80-90% of production workers have only temporary contracts during peak production periods. Flexible and precarious work arrangements are increasingly common in the global electronics industry. Workers may be employed by a labour broker or third party rather than the factory where they work. They may have short-term insecure contracts and no long-term job security or social benefits.