In a brutal display of anti-union action, Amertron Electronics, a semiconductor and optoelectronics producer, has recently sacked 532 labour activists. The workers had begun to take action in September over a number of health and safety issues, as well as wages and health insurance issues. The company, which employs around 2,700 workers over two sites, has refused to negotiate with workers and has progressively terminated workers. The semiconductor industry globally has been a sector where many workers have been repeatedly exposed to toxic chemicals (see here and here). Workers have now organised pickets outside the Amertron factories (see here and here).
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