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2016 Aug 3

Electronics Watch Monitoring: Focus on the Philippines

"Our overtime is forced work, forced overtime. When you refuse, there is a penalty, you are suspended, or the company threatens us with termination." —Electronics worker in Philippines, interview by the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR).

The risk of forced labour in the Philippine electronics industry is high, reports CTUHR, in its recent Regional Risk Assessment for Electronics Watch, soon available to Electronics Watch affiliates.

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2016 Apr 27

UK Electronics Watch Webinar: Modern Slavery in the Electronics Supply Chain?

According to the International Labour Organization about 21 million men, women and children around the world work in conditions of slavery and forced labour today. Documented forced labour practices in the electronics industry include student "intern" workers in China who are forced to work as regular workers for one or two years in order to obtain their educational diplomas, and excessive recruitment fees and deceptive recruitment practices resulting in debt bondage among electronics workers in Malaysia.

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Mexican protestors
2016 Apr 25

Electronics Watch Monitoring: Focus on Mexico

"Last year I suffered from hypotension.  We worked five weeks in a row, weekends included, nonstop, so we could then exchange these days and get our December holidays. We were also working overtime. People got so burnt out they did not want to stay, simply because they could not stand it anymore. It was physically impossible to continue to work."

—Manuel, electronics worker, interview by CEREAL

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2016 Apr 25

UK Universities Set High Bar for Apple

On March 30, 2016 Apple released its 10th Supplier Responsibility Progress Report. Two days later, on April 1, the latest UK Higher Education Framework Agreement for Apple products went live. It includes the Electronics Watch Contract Conditions, which means that UK universities affiliated to Electronics Watch can now legally require their contractors to respect domestic and international labour standards in Apple's supplier factories.

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MSC Alba
2016 Mar 1

The Mobile Social Congress discusses a fairer electronics industry

The Mobile Social Congress, an alternative congress promoting a fairer electronics industry, took place on Tuesday 23 February in the afternoon at Casinet d'Hostafrancs in Barcelona. It is an initiative led by SETEM, Electronics Watch's partner in Spain, in collaboration with several organizations, including Amnesty International Catalonia, the Catalan network of organisation for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fairphone, the telecommunications cooperative Eticom, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the open telecommunications network Guifinet.

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