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Mexico: Sexual harassment & anti-union activities persist among major electronics suppliers

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14 July 2006

More progress needed in computer industry [Mexico]

Author: CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) [UK]

Workers still face worrying labour abuses in the electronics industry in Mexico, with widespread discrimination, sexual harassment...and lack of trade union freedom... According to the latest study from CAFOD’s Mexican partner the Centre for Reflection and Action on Labour issues (CEREAL), there are still huge gaps between companies' stated policies and the day-to-day experience of workers. CEREAL has investigated 78 cases of electronics workers, including those working for Jabil, Solectron, Foxconn [part of Hon Hai], Sanmina SCI, Flextronics and Celestica - companies which provide manufacturing and assembly services to brands such as Hewlett Packard, IBM, Dell, Nokia and Motorola... As a result of the case studies CEREAL has provided, several companies have agreed to take corrective actions which are also outlined in the report.

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1 June 2006

[PDF] full report: "New Technology Workers - Report on Working Conditions in the Mexican Electronics Industry"

Author: Centro de Reflexión y Acción Laboral (CEREAL) [Mexico]

The response of the companies to specific cases is included in the report...we see the companies’ comments as no more than a public commitment to improve their corporate social responsibility practices... Chapter two includes two case studies of violations of human rights in the workplace in the electronics industry, documented by CEREAL between January 2005 and March 2006 in Mexico... CEREAL will continue to carry out its research on working conditions in the Mexican electronics industry and plans to publish an annual update.
[Describes incidents at Foxconn (part of Hon Hai), SCI Sanmina, Solectron, Celestica, Jabil, Sony, Flextronics, Hitachi, IBM, Pemstar, Kemet; also refers to purchasers HP, Dell, Nokia, Motorola, Intel, Maxtor, Delphi, AIO, Visteon, Autronic, Arroz; in many cases includes responses of producers & purchasers.
Refers to Electronics Industry Code of Conduct members Celestica, Dell, Flextronics, HP, IBM, Jabil, Sanmina SCI, Solectron, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Sony, Foxconn (part of Hon Hai), Seagate, ST Microelectronics.
Refers to Global e-Sustainability Initiative members British Telecom (BT), Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, Ericcson, HP, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Telefonica, US Telecom, Verizon, Vodafone
Also refers to Manpower, CASPEM, National Chamber of the Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics Industry (Mexico)/Cámara Nacional de la Industria Electrónica, de Telecomunicaciones y e Informática (CANIETI)]

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