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23 Jun 2020

Electronics Watch and Fair ICT Flanders

The impact of Covid-19 on electronics supply chains: from mining to manufacturing

"Webinar: The Impact of Covid-19 on Electronics: from mining, to manufacturing and public procurement", 23 June 2020

This webinar [from Electronics Watch and Fair ICT Flanders] ... shine[s] a spotlight on the impact on workers in different parts of the electronics supply chain, from miners and mining communities in Latin America to manufacturing workers across Asia.

[Charlotte Christiaens (CATAPA, Belgium) report that impacts on workers and communities in the mining sector in Latin America include

  • inability to adhere to social distancing measures (due to conditions in] dorms, cafeteria, buses, bus terminals, etc) ...
  • no/limited tests
  • suspension of working contracts ...
  • no incomes
  • [lack of access to hospitals] ...
  • shut down [of] legitimate protests [and] great risks for social leaders and human rights defenders

Additional speakers include Kim Thi Thu Ha (Center for Development and Integration, Vietnam), Mike Kilner (London Universities Purchasing Consortium, UK), Omana George (Electronics Watch, Hong Kong).