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    Health Hazards in the Semiconductor Industry

    March 11, 2000

    By Sanjiv Pandita
    Semiconductor manufacturing is one of the most hazardous and polluting industries. Yet not many people know about it, as the smokeless manufacturing units are generally perceived to be very clean and safe’. In reality, however, thousands of workers are dead, dying, or diseased because of the hazardous chemicals and radiation used in the manufacturing process. The industry itself has a nasty reputation for hiding the truth and many times even ‘crushing’ attempts to reveal the truth. The semiconductor industry is notoriously union repressive. This is evident from the fact that there is almost no visible trade union in hi-tech manufacturing all around the globe in spite of its existence for more than four decades.

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