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Post time 2010-4-15 10:55:48 |Display all floors
why didn't the local authority investigate the case before it's reported to Microsoft? If the report could be written to the US company, why couldn't it be sent to the Chinese office? Although the factory is working for the US, it's located in China and should be monitored by local government to protect Chinese workers' rights, no matter who's the boss. I often hear of Japanese and Taiwan bosses treat chinese workers badly in China. then the US company is joining them this time?


WASHINGTON (AFP) – Microsoft said Wednesday it had opened an investigation following a report of harsh working conditions at a factory in China that makes products for the US software giant.

The Pittsburgh-based National Labor Committee (NLC), in a report released on Tuesday, denounced conditions at a KYE Systems Corp. factory in the city of Dongguan in Guangdong province.

The NLC, a private group with a stated mission to "help defend the human rights of workers in the global economy," said KYE recruits hundreds of "work study students" aged 16 and 17 years old who work 15-hour shifts, six and seven days a week.

It said that in 2007 and 2008, before the recession, "workers were at the factory 97 hours a week while working 80-and-a-half hours."

"In 2009, workers report being at the factory 83 hours a week, while working 68 hours," the NLC said.

It said workers were paid 65 cents an hour, "which falls to a take-home wage of 52 cents after deductions for factory food."

"Workers are prohibited from talking, listening to music or using the bathroom during working hours," the NLC report said, adding that "as punishment, workers who make mistakes are made to clean the bathrooms.

"The workers have no rights, as every single labor law in China is violated," the report alleged. "Microsoft's and other companies' codes of conduct have zero impact."

Microsoft said it takes the claims "seriously" and vowed to "take appropriate remedial measures in regard to any findings of vendor misconduct."

"Microsoft is committed to the fair treatment and safety of workers employed by our vendors," the Redmond, Washington-based company said in a statement to AFP.

"Microsoft has invested heavily in a vendor accountability program and robust independent third-party auditing program to ensure conformance to the Microsoft Vendor Code of Conduct."

The NLC report said the factory makes computer mice for Microsoft, as well as products for other companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Best Buy, Samsung, Foxconn, Acer, Logitech and Asus.
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Post time 2010-4-15 19:06:28 |Display all floors
Bill Gates = the devil.

seriously...

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Post time 2010-4-15 19:17:24 |Display all floors

Hm... if my hazy memory serves...

... the CCP does not like it when foreign labor unions go snooping into P.R. Chinese facilities - so I am not too terribly surprised that no one heard about this report until it was presented to Microsoft.  If this was done through "official channels", the NLC would either have been denined access or would only get to witness a "dog and pony" show.
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Post time 2010-4-16 09:11:30 |Display all floors
labor unions never work in china's plants
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Post time 2010-4-16 09:22:43 |Display all floors

<arched eyebrow> I do believe there is...

Originally posted by polaris1120 at 4/15/2010 08:11 PM
labor unions never work in china's plants


... P.R. Chinese labor union - the ACFTU, yes?  Or did you mean to say that International Labor Unions are not allowed in P.R. China?
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Post time 2010-4-16 09:31:19 |Display all floors
i don't mean the international unions.

i just want to say that chinese labor unions don't have much power to support the workers to fight for their right.
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Post time 2010-4-16 09:42:09 |Display all floors

Ah... thanks for the explantion...

... but ponder this - there is always power when workers vote with their feet, or when they just sit down.
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