Students and Scholars
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Corporate Misbehaviour

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Foxconn (2038.HK) ignores the demand of democratic trade union

Today (30 May 2013), the Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and other local organizations including Asia Monitor Resource Centre, Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee, Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese and a group of tertiary students went to the Annual General Meeting of Foxconn International Holdings Limited to protest against Foxconn’s maltreatment of workers and its broken promise of trade union democratization.

[Statement] Foxconn should keep its promise; we need no fake trade unions

Hong Kong, 30 May 2013

Foxconn should keep its promise; we need no fake trade unions

This is the fourth year of Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) and other local organizations to come to the Annual General Meeting of Foxconn International Holdings Limited to protest against Foxconn’s maltreatment of workers and its broken promise of trade union democratization.

On 4 February 2013, Financial Times reported Foxconn would start trade union democratization in its Chinese factories with the assistance of Fair Labor Association (FLA).

InTheseTimes.com: A More Democratic Foxconn? No One Told the Workers

WEDNESDAY MAY 15, 2013 8:25 PM

BY MICHELLE CHEN

With a workforce of more than one million, the electronics giant Foxconn has enough workers in its Chinese factories to fill a small country. So it’s fitting that the company has vowed to make its manufacturing kingdom a bit more democratic by encouraging union elections.

But although the company announced its push for union democracy in February, a subsequent study by academics in Hong Kong and mainland China reveals that many workers don’t even know whether they’re in a union, and many others don’t have a clear idea of what their union does or how it works. And that actually makes perfect sense, since China’s unions are ill-defined, bureaucratized institutions—politically [...]

[STATEMENT] Promise from Foxconn on democratic union is broken

Hong Kong, 9 May 2013

Promise from Foxconn on democratic union is broken

A recent report conducted by a group of scholars and students from China and Hong Kong1 reveals that the high enrolment rate of Foxconn union is just window-dressing. The world’s biggest factory empire has never realized its commitment to promote democratic industrial relation and to fulfill its corporate social responsibility. In addition, according to the latest news report from a Chinese newspaper, the promised union elections are in limbo. [...]

South China Morning Post: Activists push Apple over work conditions