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India: Nokia supplier companies refusing to recognize unions

3,500 workers working 12 hour days and earning at best US$121 a month at Nokia supplier company BYD Electronics in Chennai held a three-day sit-in strike and yet the company still refuse to recognize the workers’ union and negotiate improved conditions.

Meanwhile, at Foxconn India in a neighbouring Nokia special economic zone, hundreds of workers continue to face criminal charges for striking and the company still refuses to recognize the union.

The LabourStart campaign launched on October 15 calling for the release of the hundreds of jailed Foxconn workers generated almost 5,000 messages of protest and the workers were released.

Keep up the pressure and send another message to the Tamil Nadu Government today to support the Foxconn and BYD Electronics workers’ demands for a union.

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