Corporate Watch

Suicide epidemic at Foxconn

By Ji BeibeiSource: Global Times. 13 May 2010. Six worker suicides in less than five months have put the management of Taiwan-based company Foxconn under a microscope again after another of its employees jumped from a building and died Tuesday in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.

Chinese workers link sickness to n-hexane and Apple iPhone screens

Staff suffer health decline after supplier's use of toxic chemical to clean western gadgets Tania Branigan in, Friday 7 May 2010 Next month, amid the usual hoopla, Apple is expected to officially unveil its latest gadget: the much-awaited iPhone 4G. But halfway round the globe from the company's California headquarters, a young worker who has spent months in an eastern Chinese hospital wants consumers to look beyond the shiny exterior of such gadgets.

Laid-off bank workers protest in Beijing

Source: Apr 21 2010 Hundreds of laid-off former bank employees have attended a rally in Beijing demanding better benefits. Many had outwitted police to be able to attend the protest, which was eventually attacked by police. The participants were all former employees of China’s big five state-owned commercial banks: Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, and Industrial Bank Co., Ltd.

Microsoft supplier in China Forces Teenagers to Work 15-hour Shifts Under Sweatshop Conditions

Source: The National Labor Committee. April 13, 2010 The National Labor Committee is releasing an in-depth report, "China's Youth Meet Microsoft:  KYE factory in China produces for Microsoft and other U.S. Companies." Over the course of a three-year investigation of the KYE factory in Dongguan, China, unprecedented photos were smuggled out of the factory, of exhausted teenagers, seen slumping over asleep on their assembly line during break time.

Foxconn urged to take better care of young employees

By Chen Hong (China Daily)Updated: 2010-04-14 07:50 SHENZHEN - The local trade unions federation has urged Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwan-funded electronic manufacturing giant, to take care of the psychological needs of its huge number of young employees following a string of suicides.

Striking coal miners in Bangladesh return to work

DHAKA, March 27 (Reuters) - Hundreds of striking miners at a state-run Bangladeshi coal mine returned to work on Saturday after their demand for higher pay was met, the chief executive of the mining firm said. More than 1,100 miners of Bangladesh's state-run Barapukuria Coal Mine Co Ltd (BCMCL) struck work five days ago to demand higher wages and shorter hours, affecting coal production at the Barapukuria mine, 415 km (260 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka.

Workers at the Shougang Hierro Peru iron mine set to strike

* Workers at Cerro Verde copper mine to strike on March 31* Workers at Shougang iron mine to strike March 29* Miners demand larger share of profits By Teresa Cespedes and Patricia Velez LIMA, March 24 ( Reuters ) - Workers at the Shougang Hierro Peru iron mine and Cerro Verde copper mine will go on strike next week to demand better wages and a larger share of profits, union leaders said on Wednesday. Miners at Shougang Hierro Peru will put down tools on March 29, while workers at Cerro Verde will strike on March 31.

Workers of Taiwan company protest over labor dispute

NANJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Employees of a Taiwan enterprise smashed vehicles and blocked a road Friday to protest against poor company management in east Jiangsu Province. No casualties were reported. Rumors saying that the company planned to cancel the year-end bonus evoked more than 2,000 workers to gather in the United Win (China) Technology Ltd. Co. Friday morning in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP).

Tests show 152 Chinese workers have suspected mercury poisoning

GUANGZHOU, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Medical tests have identified 152 factory workers in south China's Guangdong Province as having suspected mercury poisoning, the local government said Thursday. The patients all worked for Foshan Electrical and Lighting Co., Ltd in the manufacturing city Foshan, said Yu Zhouhong, deputy head of Gaoming District, where the company is located.

Hundreds of workers from Foshan Lighting tested for mercury

By Zheng Caixiong and Shen Yifei (China Daily)Source: China Daily. 2009-12-22 GUANGZHOU: A month after a total of 23 workers at a lighting manufacturer in Foshan, Guangdong province, were diagnosed with mercury poisoning, the company and a provincial hospital were stepping up efforts to test more than 600 workers. Hundreds of urine samples were sent to a Guangdong hospital for occupational diseases to determine if other workers have been poisoned with or exposed to mercury.
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