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Foxconn’s plant for Amazon under scrutiny

CONTRACT manufacturer Foxconn has said it is investigating a plant in China that makes devices for Inc, after a US labor group criticized what it described as harsh working conditions at the factory.

A 94-page report by New York-based China Labor Watch that followed a nine-month investigation cited excessive hours, low wages, inadequate training and an overreliance on “dispatch,” or temporary workers who are not directly employed by Foxconn, in violation of Chinese law at the Hengyang Foxconn plant in Hunan Province, which makes Echo Dot smart speakers and Kindle e-readers. China Labor Watch’s investigator worked on the factory’s night shift, brushing dust off Alexa Echo Dot speakers from 8pm until the small hours of the morning.

“Because I hadn’t slept enough, my face and eyes were all swollen,” the investigator wrote. “My hands never stopped moving.”

China Labor Watch said its investigation found that about 40 percent of workers at the plant were dispatch workers, far exceeding the 10 percent limit under Chinese law.

Dispatch workers were also underpaid, said China Labor Watch program officer Elaine Lu.

“We are carrying out a full investigation of the areas raised by that report, and if found to be true, immediate actions will be taken to bring the operations into compliance with our Code of Conduct,” Foxconn said in an e-mailed statement.


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