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35 firms overworking women

THIRTY-FIVE companies employing 4,700 women were found to force female workers to work longer-than-normal and sometimes excessive hours, according to a recent labor inspection in the city.

The week-long inspection was carried out by the Shanghai Women's Federation with local labor watchdogs and the Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions. Inspectors checked 445 companies employing 139,000 women.

Some female employees said they had almost no rest days as the companies rushed them to finish the orders. Others said they had to work over 12 hours a day.

"Most of the companies are up to standard in protecting women's labor rights. But there were also some companies that had violated regulations and infringed women's right," said Lu Ronggen, deputy director of the federation's rights and interests department.

During the inspection, 17 companies in the light textile and manufacturing industries were found to have overtime problems. Twenty-six companies docked 565 employees' wages and delayed payment. Three didn't pay social insurance for 16 female workers, and two didn't sign labor contracts with 73 female employees, inspectors said. The company names were not released.


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