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IT firms, govts. & unions agree text on working conditions at ILO meeting - text refers to intl. standards, unions say could be stronger

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20 April 2007

IT firms compromise on global injustice

Author: Mark Ballard, Register [UK]

The International Labour Organisation (ILO)…called a meeting of manufacturers, industry bodies, governments, and unions, who spent two days hammering out a compromise...The text, however, appears to commit them - voluntarily - to international standards, not national protectorates: "In countries in which the fundamental ILO core Conventions are not complied with, all parties should refer to them for guidance in their social policy."...Manufacturers who contributed to the text at the meeting included Cisco, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Philips, Selectron, Sony, ST Micro, and Xerox. That's a start, at least. Apple…was not present at the meeting. Foxconn [part of Hon Hai], its subcontractor, was present. Elcoteq…which serves Nokia, was also absent.

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Article
18 April 2007

[PDF] Conclusions on the production of electronic components for the IT industries: Changing labour force requirements in a global economy

Author: Tripartite Meeting on the Production of Electronic Components for the IT Industries, ILO

Without prejudice to the obligation of governments to ensure compliance with Conventions they have ratified, in countries in which the fundamental ILO core Conventions are not complied with, all parties should refer to them for guidance in their social policy.

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1 April 2007

[PDF] full report: "The production of electronic components for the IT industries: Changing labour force requirements in a global economy [see in particular chapters 6 & 7]

Author: Intl. Labour Organization

[see in particular the table 7.1 on pg. 114 that indicates for the following companies whether they have a Code of Conduct, participate in Electronics Industry Code of Conduct & Global e-Sustainability Initiative, publish a social report, follow Global Reporting Initiative Guidelines: Adobe, Acer, Apple, Cisco Systems, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Philips, Sony, Toshiba, Xerox, Flextronics, Foxconn (part of Hon Hai), Jabil Circuit, Celestica Business, Quanta Computer, Sanmina-SCI, Seagate, Solectron, STMicroelectronics, Ericsson, Siemens, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung]

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