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Petitions in support of touchscreen manufacturing workers

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Hi,

As HTC fanboi (on my 3rd HTC touchscreener now), I've always ribbed iPhone users that their touchscreens were made by a subcontractor with a dodgy workers' rights record, but it seems to be worse for HTC (inc Google) / Samsung / LG devices now.

Young Fast Optoelectronics in Taiwan have sacked a bunch of their workers for forming a union. This is against a background of allegations of child labour, enforced long hours overtime and poor safety.

The union have started an email campaign with the activist group LabourStart, to persuade the YFO management to talk to their workers, and a key target of this campaign is some of YFO's major customers.

If you use an HTC, LG or Samsung touchscreen device (or even if you don't!) and have a few minutes spare, please read a bit more about it and consider sending a message of support here: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidar...paign.cgi?c=675

And if you're on Twitter, there are some Act.ly petitions here too: http://www.unionbook.org/pg/pages/view/22243/

HTC have a reasonable record apart from this on labour rights I think, and I've heard some very positive words from their people in the past, so it would be great to get them to look more closely at this one of their suppliers.

Thanks for checking this out.

John

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Hi,

As HTC fanboi (on my 3rd HTC touchscreener now), I've always ribbed iPhone users that their touchscreens were made by a subcontractor with a dodgy workers' rights record, but it seems to be worse for HTC (inc Google) / Samsung / LG devices now.

Young Fast Optoelectronics in Taiwan have sacked a bunch of their workers for forming a union. This is against a background of allegations of child labour, enforced long hours overtime and poor safety.

The union have started an email campaign with the activist group LabourStart, to persuade the YFO management to talk to their workers, and a key target of this campaign is some of YFO's major customers.

If you use an HTC, LG or Samsung touchscreen device (or even if you don't!) and have a few minutes spare, please read a bit more about it and consider sending a message of support here: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidar...paign.cgi?c=675

And if you're on Twitter, there are some Act.ly petitions here too: http://www.unionbook.org/pg/pages/view/22243/

HTC have a reasonable record apart from this on labour rights I think, and I've heard some very positive words from their people in the past, so it would be great to get them to look more closely at this one of their suppliers.

Thanks for checking this out.

John

Frankly, I don't think HTC will listen. I've been bugging them with the TI and the Samsung touchscreen CPU issues for 5 years - and their current models still exhibit the same bugs, greatly slowing down program execution when the screen is pressed.

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