This year, the Electronics Watch (EW) virtual summit, free for all affiliates, will focus on two of the most important, yet least talked about, workers' rights; the freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. The summit will take place between 30 November - 3 December, 10.00-11.30 Central European Time each day, and will be the culmination of a series of activities on this topic that EW is organising in 2021. 

In the electronics industry, a small minority of production workers are members of independent, democratic trade unions. Fewer still benefit from collective bargaining agreements. Without access to both, it is difficult for workers to defend themselves against workplace abuses, protect their health and safety, and strive for decent working conditions.

The virtual summit will build on what EW has learned to date from workers, public buyers, monitoring partners, and trade unions on the fundamental rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. EW will explore in detail how public buyers can protect these rights, and how trade unions can help to ensure social and environmental responsibility in their supply chains.

You can view the full agenda for each day and register here for the conference.  

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