EVIL AMAZON profits from “slave wage” labor in China’s sweat shop factories

Thursday, June 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Jayson Veley
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Amazon has found itself in a world of controversy lately after a report detailing the results of a nine-month investigation confirmed that the e-commerce giant is profiting off the backs of Chinese factory workers that are forced to work in poor conditions. The report, which was released by the New York-based China Labor Watch, offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Amazon is able to sell devices like Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers for as little as $40.

Specifically, the investigation found that workers were required to work more than 100 hours of overtime each month, which is in violation of existing Chinese labor laws that limit overtime to just 36 hours a month. Additionally, employees do not receive adequate safety training, staff dormitories aren’t equipped with fire extinguishers and lack adequate fire-safety precautions, and workers are required to show up for work 10 minutes before their shifts are scheduled to begin and they do not get compensated for this time.

“All workers are subject to long hours and low wages,” the report explained. “As wages are low, workers must rely on overtime hours to earn enough to maintain a decent standard of living.” In response, Amazon stated that they would work with Foxconn Hengyang (the company that manufactures products for Amazon) in order to correct the problem. (Related: Amazon was charged with 4,000 counts of selling illegal pesticides.)

“We immediately requested a corrective action plan from Foxconn Hengyang detailing their plan to remediate the issues identified, and we are conducting regular assessments to monitor for implementation and compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct,” Amazon said. “We are committed to ensuring that these issues are resolved.”

While we have no reason to believe that Amazon will not follow through with this pledge, it’s also hard to believe that any action would have been taken to correct the problem in the first place if this investigation was never conducted. (Related: Amazon has quietly decided to start photographing your home each time they make a delivery.)

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