I agree, Ms. Daisy. It is great to see that Dell responded to EBN's request for information, and it's great to see that Dell looks to be working on the situation. However, how much improvement of the work conditions actually gets accomplished remains to be seen.
Well Daisy good you raised this point about training documents. It is nice to here a reply from Dell, but i also feel they have not exactly mentioned the exact procedure or flow how the audits take place, also about the frequency of their visits and what measures or policies are taken to correct them. basically corrective measures and how they work on the improvements of the workers.
"We do, in fact, conduct audits of our partners' factories," I dont know about Dell but when I was working in authorized repair center indeed we had about two times per year audit but we knew exactly which days the auditors will come, so we followed the right process those days and the rest of the year we was working in wrong way.
I acknowledge the efforts reported by Dell, but a continous quality improvement of health and safety needs of the workers must be primary. Dell's response is expected and may be the things I have written about in previous blogs are in the works, but I am not confident that all that needs to be done is being done.
My pessimism is based on the things that are not being reported. I am not hearing of documented trainings for the contractors. Mind you some of the work place health and safety requirements are new to these contractors and need to be taught and re-taught.
What is the work place incident reports like? Are there grievance resolution processes in place? These are the standards expected here and must be done for any worker anywhere in the world to the best of these companies abilities.
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