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Chinese factory producing Amazon products charged with labor violations

Chinese factory producing Amazon products charged with labor violations”

Foxconn pledged to improve working conditions.

Taiwan-based Foxconn, officially Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. China Labour Watch goes on to describe how the workers at the factory were treated differently than the rest of the workforce, receiving no overtime wages and "very little" safety training.

The workers that make Amazon's Echo and Kindles are hugely overwork and underpaid.

The investigation found that workers put in over 100 hours of overtime a month during peak production season, violating Chinese law which says monthly overtime can not exceed 36 hours.

China Labour Watch said dispatch staff were paid less than permanent staff, had significantly less training, were not properly rewarded for working overtime, and were not paid for sick leave. Instead, dispatch workers were paid the same rate, or 14.5 RMB ($2.26) an hour for both normal and overtime hours.

Amazon said it has "immediately requested a corrective action plan" after uncovering violations at the Hengyang Foxconn plant.

In a statement to USA TODAY, Foxconn said it is conducting an investigation into the issues reported by China Labor Watch. Majority were working 14 hour weeks without a single day off and had to ask for permission to visit the restroom.

Amazon is under fire after a report found labor violation at a Chinese factory producing its devices. Many workers were also required to work 14 days straight without a day off - all for a wage of about £1.70 per hour.

Workers tasked to build Echos and Kindles at a factory in Hengyang, China, are subjected to grueling working conditions, low wages, and practices that violate the country's labor laws. Kara Hartnett Hurst, Amazon's head of worldwide sustainability replied and said that they will ensure the well-being of the factory workers.

Amazon said it's also "conducting regular assessments to monitor for implementation and compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct".

Amazon said it had discovered "two issues of concern" at the Foxconn factory in Hengyang earlier this year. If the allegations are found to be true, immediate actions will be taken to bring the operations into compliance with our Code of Conduct, the outfit said. "We are committed to ensuring these issues are resolved".

Foxconn also responded, stating that salary reviews were conducted regularly and all full time as well as dispatch workers received pre-job training as well as additional training for their assigned departments.

China's largest electronics manufacturer and employer has been criticised in the past for poor working conditions at factories where Apple devices were made, leading to the company installing safety netting to prevent worker suicides.

"If infractions are identified, we work to immediately rectify them", it was quoted as saying in an emailed statement.



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