This article is the second of three examining working conditions in the mobile phone industry in Chennai. The material is based on a project report which was submitted to the MakeITFair project1 as part of a larger project to examine labour relations in the global electronics industry. For background and details about the studied companies see article 1 in the series posted in the blog.
For the report about 20 interviews with company representatives and various civil society respondents including activists, union workers, lawyers and others with insights into the issues. Management representatives from the examined companies Nokia, Foxconn, Salcomp and Flextronics were also interviewed by the researcher in March 2011 as part of a team visiting the factories. The interviews which were carried out at the company facilities in Sriperumbudur on the outskirts of Chennai also included factory visits to all the companies apart from Foxconn. Where possible the examination of a number of documents, mainly collected from workers, adds to the evidence. Download Report Part 2 – Precarious work: The abuse of contracts with low salaries and poor job security
1 See project website for further details: http://www,makeitfair.org/