Monitoring reports

    The Link Between Employment Conditions and Suicide: A Study of the Electronics Sector in China, November 2018

    The Link Between Employment Conditions and Suicide: A Study of the Electronics Sector in China by the Economic Rights Institute and Electronics Watch analyses original quantitative and qualitative data to show how certain employment conditions heighten the risk of employee suicide. The report suggests two "cycles of influence" that contribute to different forms of suicide. In one cycle employers use coercion and punitive forms of discipline to enforce productivity requirements. In the other cycle, employers use hiring requirements and incentives to ensure their flexibility to recruit and downsize, depending on the needs of production. These cycles can result in high levels of stress, depression, or insecurity, aggravated by forced overtime, fines and supervisor hostility in the one cycle, disputes with recruiters and employees struggling with dating and marriage in the other. The Economic Rights Institute and Electronics Watch have issued a "call to action" for a multi-stakeholder taskforce to develop, implement, and monitor an action plan to effectively address employment conditions that heighten the risk of employee suicide in the electronics industry.

    See press releasecall to action and academic perspectives on the report.

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    Compliance Reports: Foxconn in Pardubice, Czech Republic, June 2018

    The reports highlight the problem of precarious employment and income insecurity of the indirect workforce, their unpredictable working hours and late shift notifications, and their lack of information concerning their own wages and bonuses as well as improvements in these areas.

    Electronics Watch has monitored and reported on labour standards compliance at the Foxconn factory in Pardubice, Czech Republic, since April 2016, and originally shared these reports with the trade union, Foxconn, HP, a leading buyer, and affiliates in 2017 (see our transparency policy).  Readers should note that information in the reports may no longer be up to date. Electronics Watch welcomes comments and suggestions from readers regarding issues that should be further investigated.  Note that the most recent findings begin on page 51 in the combined report.

    Foxconn (the trading name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) is the world's largest contract manufacturer. It manufactures and develops computers, communications and consumer products, and components for many of the best-known electronics brands. Foxconn CZ operates two plants in the Czech Republic.  The one in Pardubice serves as the company's regional base for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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    Regional Risk Assessment: Electronics Industry, India, September, 2017

    This regional risk assessment of the electronics industry in India suggests that precarious workers-- temporary, contract, daily-wage, apprentices and trainees—are particularly vulnerable to labour rights abuses.  Cividep India conducted the research for this report using multiple sources of data and methodologies, including original worker and management interviews. It is made possible by the dues of Electronics Watch affiliates.

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    Regional Risk Assessment: Semiconductor and Electronics Industry, Philippines, December 2016

    This regional risk assessment of the semiconductor and electronics industry in the Philippines suggests that breaches of particular concern include: freedom of association, working hours, and health and safety. The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) in the Philippines conducted the research for this risk assessment, including interviews with 34 electronics workers in all major electronics industry regions. The regional risk assessment is made possible by the dues of Electronics Watch affiliates.

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    Regional Risk Assessment: Electronics Industry in China, October 2016

    This regional risk assessment of the electronics industry in China suggests that breaches of particular concern include: forced labour, discrimination against women workers, excessive and illegal working hours, underpayment of social security obligations, health and safety hazards, abusive termination of employment, and violations of collective bargaining rights. The research and monitoring activities for this risk assessment were conducted by three organisations—Economic Rights Institute, Globalization Monitor, and Labour Education Services Network. The regional risk assessment is made possible by the dues of Electronics Watch affiliates and the support of Bread for All.

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