dying to make our phones and computers. Recently thirteen workers in an
iPhone factory in China were diagnosed with leukaemia; five have died. They
were between 19 and 24 years old. More than 240 South Korean electronics
workers, most of them Samsung employees, suffer from leukaemia; 92 have died.
But now together we can help change that.
Health and safety issues like exposure to benzene and other
cancer-generating chemicals add to a number of labour abuses in the electronics
industry. No-union policies, weeks of mandatory overtime without time off and
poverty wages are the reality for millions of workers globally who make our
computers, smartphones, tablets and printers.
Our public institutions buy one in every five computers in Europe -
their contracts are so large that they can insist on better working conditions
from brands in return for our tax money. By joining Electronics Watch, a new
initiative that inspects factories making electronics for the public sector,
and supports workers in claiming their rights, they can do this.
Act now! If enough of us ask our city,
town, university or other public institution to join this initiative, we
can help create a market for decent working conditions big enough to change the
lives of millions. Sign the petition
and share this with all your friends, colleagues and family.