Violations encountered at factory (5.000 workers) producing phones and tablets; over 10-hour dauly shifts; illegal overtime; denial of one rest day per week; violations of ergonomic standards precarious to workers.
Incident Tag: Occupational Hazard
Apple’s Unkept Promises: Investigation of Three Pegatron Group Factories Supplying to Apple (RiTeng)
Labor violations at factory producing exterior components for computers: hiring discrimination over gender and age (below 35 years old); inadequate training; work 7 days/week during peak season (126 hours of monthly overtime); 14 hour monthly unpaid overtime; 12 hour daily shifts; more if daily quota isn’t met; coerced overtime; work while standing for some workers; inadequate fire protection; 40 confirmed student workers (16 – 18 years old); base salary inadequate to cover basic needs ($233 month) ($1.34 per hour); workers dependent on overtime; workers trained by management during audit visits; wastewater poured into the sewage system.
The Myanmar Dilemma (factory 10)
Labor violations at garment factory (1,000 workers): non-living wages; daily base wage 2,000-3,600 kyat (€1.51 – €2.71); occasions of workers toiling for less than legal minimum wage; cases of child labor (below 18 years of age); some workers were younger than 15 years old when they started at the factory; workers have not received health and safety training; inadequate protective masks; workers breathing in fabric complain over respiratory problems, coughs and sore throats; electrical and wire shocks; boiler accidents resulting to injury; about half the workforce does not receive social security.
American Chipmakers Had a Toxic Problem. Then They Outsourced It (Korean Companies)
Study of 38,000 female medical records (between 2007-2012) working in three companies producing microchips found significantly elevated miscarriage rates most likely caused by factory use of highly toxic substances – ethylene glycol ethers – throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
The Blind _ A report on methanol poisoning cases in supply chains for Samsung and LG Electronics in KOREA
Report exposes occupational hazard and other violations at factories manufacturing cell phone parts: use of toxic substance methanol; inadequate health and safety training on the dangers of methanol; personal protective equipment not provided which led to exposure to workers’ eyes, skin and respiratory system; at least 6 workers developed acute methanol poisoning; eye sight loss and brain damage; 12 hour daily shifts; in busy season take a day-off/month; temporary workers often not registered for social insurance.
Samsung’s Note 7 Battery Supplier Has Fire at China Factory
Samsung battery factory producing the explosion-prone Galaxy Note 7 catches fire at waste depository.
American Chipmakers Had a Toxic Problem. Then They Outsourced It (SK HYnix 2015)
Research extract of two factory plants in 2015 found usage of 130 chemical products deemed dangerous, containing carcinogens, mutagens, and reproductive toxins.
The Myanmar Dilemma (factory 9)
Labor violations at garment factory (1,500 workers): non-living wages; daily base wage 1,800-3,600 kyat (€1.36 – €2.71); occasions of workers toiling for as low as half the legal minimum wage; regular work over 60 hours/week; at times as many as 66 hours/week; as many as 14 hours/day for 6-7 times/month; forced overtime; cases of child labor (below 18 years of age); labor aged as low as 14 years; some workers were younger than 15 years old when they started at the factory; safety issues; electrical and wire shocks.
The Myanmar Dilemma (factory 8)
Labor concerns at garment factory (300 workers): non-living wages; daily base wage 3,600 kyat (€2.71); regular work 60 -68 hours/week; unpaid overtime if production target isn’t met; child labor (16-18 years of age); workers do not receive any health and safety training; protective gear provided only when buyers visit the factory; high temperatures; most workers don’t have a social security card; workers afraid of dismissal if they join a trade union.
Officials: Cavite factory fire put out, all workers accounted for | 5th HTI fire victim dies in hospital
Fire breaks out at factory after mechanical accident; 5 reported deaths; 126 workers injured.