Mobile phone manufacturing in China and the Philippines

36 mobile phones were manufactured each second during 2007. In 2006 a magic milestone was reached when one billion phones were produced in just one year. A large and increasing part of the manufacturing is taking place in developing and transition countries. Currently half of the world’s mobile phones are produced in China and 10% of global semi-conductor production takes place in the Philippines. Most of the workers at the production lines are young women who often carry a heavy burden as the main breadwinners of their families. As workers in the electronics sector of China and the Philippines they are denied many of their basic rights.

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