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25 Nov 2010

Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Cividep report on working conditions in mobile phone manufacturing plants in Sriperumbudur, Chennai, India - and company responses

In September 2010, Cividep (India) published a report raising concerns about working conditions in mobile phone manufacturing plants at the Nokia campus of the Telecom Special Economic Zone in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai. The report, "Changing Industrial Relations in India's Mobile Phone Manufacturing Industry", draws on interviews with workers at Nokia's assembly plant and at six of Nokia's suppliers based there: Flextronics, Foxconn, Laird, Perlos, Salcomp and Wintek. The findings appear in the "Employment, Workers, and Labour Standards" section of the report (pp 22-30). Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the following companies whose practices were most criticised in the report to respond: Nokia, Foxconn, Laird, and Wintek... Nokia and Focxonn responded; Laird and Wintek declined to respond. Flextronics, Perlos, and Salcomp also sent us comments...The page also provides rejoinders by Cividep to the company responses, and some of those companies' follow-up statements. We also invited BYD and Foxconn to respond to two related items from the International Metalworkers Federation. BYD declined to respond; Foxconn responded. [Report also refers to Motorola]