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Wage Hikes in China Threaten Electronics Industry

Hewlett-Packard and Dell Inc are keeping a close eye on a big jump in wages for workers that assemble Apple Inc's iPhone in China, and could be forced to nudge up prices for their own products if labor costs keep rising. Major contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group -- which counts Apple, HP, Dell, Nokia and Motorola Mobility among its major clients -- last week raised wages for its workers in China by 16-25 percent, the third hike since 2010.

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400 former dockyard workers file US suits over asbestos exposure

400 former dockyard workers file US suits over asbestos exposure | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

The heirs of some 400 former dockyard workers have filed individual and class action lawsuits in the United States, seeking their right to compensation in damages for occupational exposures to asbestos products while working - among other places - on US warships. Most of the workers have died of malignant mesothelioma caused by the direct and proximate result of occupational exposures to asbestos products while working on US warships while anchored at the then HM Drydocks, which later became the Malta Drydocks.

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Apple plans environmental audits of China suppliers

Apple plans environmental audits of China suppliers | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Leading Chinese environmental activist says Apple has agreed to independent audits of at least two suppliers' factories in China. in China, the activists said. The reviews come as Apple (AAPL) faces rising criticism about toxic pollution and factory injuries at overseas suppliers' factories. Environmental examinations would be separate from an independent probe of working conditions at the Chinese factories of Apple suppliers, including Foxconn Technology, that began last week.

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The Hindu : States / Other States : Silicosis victims from M.P. meet Gujarat governor

The Hindu : States / Other States : Silicosis victims from M.P. meet Gujarat governor | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Silicosis victims from Madhya Pradesh met Gujarat governor Dr. Kamla Beniwal on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum to her regarding the “insensitive and indifferent attitude” of the Gujarat government to their plight. Silicosis, the killer scourge, affects a substantial population of migrant labourers from Madhya Pradesh's Jhabua, Alirajpur, Badwani and Dhar districts who cross the border to work in quartz-crushing factories in Godhra and Balasinore in Gujarat.

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NHRC Issues MP Government Chief Secretary others on silicosis Death of Miner

The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday has issued notices to the District Magistrate, Chief Medical Officer, Senior Superintendent of Police, District Panna and the Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh calling for detailed reports on the alleged death of a tribal labourer, Kamta Prasad, due to silicosis in Gandhigram village of the district on the 14 Feburary 2012. An NGO 'Environics Trust' had examined 43 labourers, out of which 39 were found severely affected with silicosis. Most of them are at the verge of death. The Government has not taken any appropriate steps to contain the disease.

Read more about NHRC Issues MP Government Chief Secretary others on silicosis Death of Miner by www.abclive.in

 

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Women and occupational diseases: the case of Belgium

The ETUI recently published a report highlighting the discriminatory impact on women of the system for the declaration and recognition of occupational diseases in Belgium. There is one striking statistic: women represent less than 10% of recognised cases of occupational diseases.

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9 silicosis victims' widows to be paid interim relief - The Times of India

9 silicosis victims' widows to be paid interim relief - The Times of India | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

According to a study done by Mine Labour Protection Campaign Trust, 48% of the women working in mines are widows and the number is increasing. Meanwhile, 987 mine workers who were diagnosed with silicosis (K N Chest Hospital, Jodhpur alone has this number) are waiting for death while the government is yet to plan rehabilitation measures. These silicosis patients have no medical support and no means to have nutritious food. Their families including young children work in the mines to repay the debt taken to meet the treatment cost.

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Cancer Should Be Covered by Funds for Sept. 11 Victims

Cancer should be included among the illnesses covered by U.S. funds for responders to the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack, though it’s not clear which types of the disease should qualify, the head of an advisory panel said.
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Apple has incentive to worry about workers’ rights

Apple’s handling of the supply chain labour issues that continue to dog it a central concern not just for its own future but for the industry at large. Its scale and conspicuous brand have brought it unwelcome attention. But it is already ahead of its main rivals in trying to grapple with the underage labour, excessive forced overtime and inadequate safety standards that continue to be alleged against it, and the new standards it is helping to set will be felt across the industry.

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Quebec still favours relaunch of asbestos industry

Quebec still favours relaunch of asbestos industry | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
The Quebec government continues to favour a relaunch of the asbestos industry – despite a storm of recent controversy, including groundbreaking criminal convictions of two European businessmen for causing thousands of asbestos-related deaths, and far-reaching concerns about the research upon which the province bases its pro-asbestos policy.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Quebec+still+favours+relaunch+asbestos+industry/6159232/story.html#ixzz1mVz8tsh2

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Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in France

Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in France | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

A French court has declared the US biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides. In the first such case heard in court in France, the grain grower Paul Francois, 47, said he suffered neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stammering after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller in 2004.

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Firm in Apple row seeks to ban China iPad imports

An electronics firm embroiled in a copyright row with Apple said Tuesday it would ask Chinese customs to block iPad imports, as one city pulled some of the tablet computers from shops over the dispute. Proview Technology (Shenzhen) says it owns the Chinese rights for the name "iPad" and is preparing to ask customs to prevent Apple from bringing the iconic tablet computers into China -- one of the US company's biggest markets.

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High-Heeled Human Rights Defenders

High-Heeled Human Rights Defenders | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Wi Mayeo is a community leader: she’s a trusted advocate with policy makers and teaches Thai literacy and computer skills. Wi Mayeo is also a sex worker.
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End of the iPad?

End of the iPad? | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

On balance, it seems likely that Apple will prevail, if only by coughing up enough money to send Proview packing—something it should probably have done as soon as it realised its due diligence on the mainland had fallen short. But there is an irony here worth noting. Foreign technology firms often paint Chinese companies as copycats and cheats, and demand that China does more to respect intellectual property. It would be rum indeed if Apple were to be humiliated, exports of iPads interrupted and the name of its famous tablets changed for the local market simply because intellectual property rights and the rule of law are, in fact, upheld.

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Organic farmers take on Monsanto over patent lawsuits

Organic farmers take on Monsanto over patent lawsuits | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

After years of taking farmers to court to assert their patent rights, agri-giantMonsanto Co. is being sued by farmers. Responding to what they say is a climate of fear created by Monsanto’s long series of patent infringement lawsuits, a group representing as many as 25% of the nation’s organic farmers (as well as other non-organic farmers) have sued the global biotech company to allow them to grow in peace.

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Apple supplier Foxconn hid underage workers before FLA inspection, says labor rights NGO

Apple supplier Foxconn hid underage workers before FLA inspection, says labor rights NGO | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer that Apple heavily relies on for its products, may have tried to clean up its act before inspectors from the Fair Labor Association descended on its factories, according to a Hong Kong non-governmental organization dedicated to workers rights. Foxconn allegedly pushed underage employees out of sight before the FLA inspection, Debby Sze Wan Chan, a project officer from Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), tells AppleInsider. “All underage workers, between 16-17 years old, were not assigned any overtime work and some of them were even sent to other departments,” workers from the Foxconn factories reportedly told Chan.

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Apple launches hiring drive in Israel

Apple has not yet announced the exact location of its new development center, but it is expected to be located in MATAM hi-tech park in southern Haifa, Israel. About two months ago, Apple acquired, for some $500 million, the Israeli start-up Anobit, developer of a unique chip technology designed to improve flash-memory storage in mobile digital devices, Tablets and Smartphones...

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Tibetan Villagers Halt Mining Project on Sacred Mountain

Tibetan Villagers Halt Mining Project on Sacred Mountain | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Kawagarbo is one of the most sacred mountains for Tibetan Buddhism as thespiritual home of a warrior god of the same name. Tibetan Villagers have successfully halted a controversial mining operation that threatened Kawagebo, one of the most sacred peaks in the Tibetan world.

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Chinese workers are getting shortchanged.

Chinese workers are getting shortchanged. | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
A new report indicates that workers at Apple suppliers in China are paid much less than their counterparts elsewhere in the world.
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Canadian asbestos industry reacts to criminal conviction of two European execs

Canadian asbestos industry reacts to criminal conviction of two European execs | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

New Democrat MP Pat Martin, a former asbestos miner and longtime critic of the industry, was among those emboldened by the convictions. "The asbestos industry should be served notice that we are coming for them and it would do my heart good to see somebody led away in handcuffs for all the misery that they've caused over the years," he said Monday.

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Asbestos victims’ breakthrough

Asbestos victims’ breakthrough | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

Laurie Kazan-Allen, Coordinator with the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, said: “There has never been a trial like the one that is happening in Italy. This is an incredible historic achievement. And I’m really sorry to say that we have never had anything like this in Great Britain. What we have there is individuals who will go to the courts to get compensation, but no one has ever been punished for the decisions they made as the heads of asbestos corporations.”

 

http://www.livestream.com/greenbox_/video?clipId=pla_0c7ba848-010d-4338-9afe-e6f75fa45c5d

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Canada's mining boom leaves natives in the cold

Indigenous community with "third world conditions" sits 90km from diamond mine, prompting fight for resource royalties. Despite living just 90km from a massive diamond mine, Jackie Hookimaw Witt has watched poverty tear at the fabric of Attawapiskat, an indigenous community in northern Canada.

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Critics Question Record of Fair Labor Association, Apple’s Monitor

Critics Question Record of Fair Labor Association, Apple’s Monitor | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

The Fair Labor Association, the firm that Apple has hired to examine worker conditions at the plants of its suppliers, has been criticized by labor groups as ineffective. "Independent monitoring means you’re generally independent of the companies."

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400 shades of lipstick found to contain lead

400 shades of lipstick found to contain lead | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

A recent federal analysis showing that 400 shades of popular lipstick contained trace amounts of lead has exacerbated an ongoing dispute between regulators and consumer activists over how much lead is safe in cosmetics.

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Walmart workers speak out against the company’s working conditions

On Thursday, February 17, New York City once more showed up in throngs to turn back Walmart’s plans to enter our city. Close to 100 community members from all over New York City gathered in front of City Hall to voice their opposition and stayed to listen as witness after witness testified against Walmart’s cut-throat labor practices.

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Jamis Brooks's curator insight, March 14, 2014 7:46 AM

This is why we must buy from the local farmer or grow our own foods. I know that these companies employee many individuals but working conditions should come first not the share holder.