(South China Morning Post) A watchdog group is calling on Amazon to improve conditions for workers at a factory in central China that makes Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers.|
The New York-based China Labour Watch released a report at the weekend following a nine-month investigation of working conditions at the factory in Hengyang, Hunan province. It is owned by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the company known as Foxconn, which manufactures products for Amazon.
The study offers the first behind-the-scenes glimpse of how Amazon produces voice-activated speakers that cost as little as US$40. And the picture it paints is one of low pay and intense working conditions.
The report said that employees are required to work more than 100 hours of overtime per month, in violation of China’s labour law that limits overtime to 36 hours a month. Also, the factory uses more “dispatch workers” – a term for temporary staff – than is allowed by Chinese law.