Last updated: October 2016
Campaigning for Workers’ Rights
The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is a research and network organisation that brings together different groups working on social, ecological and economic issues.
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In April 2016, SOMO published a report 'No Golden Future' which looked into the use of child labour in gold mining in Uganda. Researchers visited three mining sites in the Mubende District of Uganda. They observed that 70 to 80 per cent of the workers in the area where gold is washed were children.
Download this report here.
China Labor Watch (CLW)
CLW conducts in-depth investigations of Chinese factory conditions.
In 2012, 2014 and 2015, CLW carried out four investigations on Samsung and its suppliers in China. It found that Samsung had violated rights by using child labour, student labour and excessive overtime. They undertook several investigations to anaylse its corporate social responsibility report.
You can find out more at www.chinalaborwatch.org
Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM)
SACOM is based in Hong Kong and aims to bring concerned students, scholars, labour activists, and consumers together to monitor corporate behaviour and to advocate for workers’ rights.
In May 2012 SACOM released a report titled 'Sweatshops are good for Apple and Foxconn, but not for workers'. It uncovered widespread worker abuses in 'Foxconn' factories, which is the world's largest contract manufacturing company, based in Taiwan. It is famous for putting together Apple iPads and iPhones and it has been widely acclaimed as the hidden partner behind Apple’s success.
Foxconn became notorious in 2010 because of a series of suicides among young workers after which it installed suicide-prevention netting at the base of buildings. SACOM also found a long list of worker abuses: poor wages and working conditions including long hours, low pay, no freedom of speech or association, unpaid and excessive overtime and demanding production targets, humiliating disciplinary measures and unsafe working conditions.