link of the day

Thinking of buying a new phone or smartphone?

Wondering how good/bad/indifferent/thoroughly evil your current one is?

Two points to ponder:

  1. South Korea has labour / union rights but there may be ways to wiggle around them
  2. Re. Foxconn (Apple) and Samsung, and indeed many others: China Labor Watch is one place to keep an eye on. Obviously, of many. And as ever, don’t trust me or any other single source of information, on anything, ever ever ever: do your own research, read stuff for yourself, make up your own mind.

China Labor Watch views Chinese workers’ rights as inalienable human rights and is dedicated to promoting workers’ fair redistribution of wealth under globalization

Founded in 2000, China Labor Watch is an independent not-for-profit organization. In the past ten years, CLW has collaborated with unions, labor organizations and the media to conduct a series of in-depth assessments of factories in China that produce toys, bikes, shoes, furniture, clothing, and electronics for some of the largest U.S. companies. CLW’s New York office creates reports from these investigations, educates the international community on supply chain labor issues, and pressures corporations to improve conditions for workers.

Meanwhile, CLW’s Shenzhen office works closely with local factories and services migrant workers in Guangdong through free Legal Consulting Hotline Program, Community Training in collective bargaining, and Train the Trainer Prgram to enhance the local capacity in labor movements.

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