Electronics Watch Affiliation
October 7th is People & Planet's National Day of Action against sweatshops. They state: "workers' rights abuses are prevalent within the electronics industry and work can often be precarious. Across the world, trade unions and civil society organisations are calling for better conditions in factories that make computers sold in Europe and elsewhere."
Electronics Watch is a independent monitoring body that ensures procurement of electronics is carried out ethically.
I am calling for our university and union to affiliate to Electronics Watch, so that all our future procurement of electronics is ethical and keeps in mind our responsibility to make socially responsible decisions.
Students' Union would not be able to affiliate as companies who produce our electronic goods are likely to fail the international labour standards, such as Apple & Dell which are the 2 main suppliers of computing power to not only the Students' Union but the University as a whole. As the electronics watch affiliation would require that the production of goods meet their Code of Labour Standards that is in turn a reflection and application of domestic and international labour standards.
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HOW it works
- Once the idea has been approved students will have 5 days to make suggestions to improve the idea.
- If suggestions are made and accepted by the proposer than the Union Chair will approve the final idea before voting opens.
- Voting will then open for five days.
- Ideas will only be considered by the Students' Union Executive if they receive at least 25 yes votes or 40% of the vote being yes, which ever number is the greatest.
- The idea will be accepted by the Executive if over 60% of the vote supports the idea. If it is inbetween 40% and 60% it will be referred to an All Student Meeting. If the idea gets over 60% of members supporting the Students' Union Executive can still refer the idea to an All Student Meeting.