Amazon criticized over conditions at supplier's factory

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

China Labor Watch released an investigative report titled "Amazon Profits from Secretly Oppressing Its Supplier's Workers", which details the deplorable conditions for employees at a factory in China.

A China Labour Watch detailed illegal numbers of temporary workers, as well as staff being underpaid and overworked.

A factory in China that builds Amazon Kindles and Echo Dot devices is facing accusations of worker mistreatment over low pay and long hours.

The report followed a nine-month investigation found that "dispatch workers (temporary workers) made up more than 40 percent of the workforce, a clear violation of the legally mandated 10 percent".

The report says, Chinese law stipulates pre-job training to be at least 24 hours, however, dispatch workers only receive eight hours of pre-job safety training.

"Amazon takes reported violations of our supplier code of conduct extremely seriously". Dispatch workers were also treated very differently than regular workers, receiving far less safety training and no overtime wages.

"Amazon has the ability to not only ensure its supplier factories respects the rights of workers but also that there is equal pay for equal work", the watchdog group said in its report. The report states that workers worked 14 consecutive days during the peak season.

"Amazon recognizes our responsibility to ensure the well-being of factory workers manufacturing products for Amazon", the letter said.

But now a U.S. watchdog group, China Labor Watch, has alleged fresh worker violations and harsh working conditions at the Foxconn factory in Hunan province. The lengthy report claims workers at the Foxconn factory are forced to work long hours, are given inadequate training, and are often exposed to hazardous conditions.

"Our company has already started a comprehensive investigation, if any irregularities are found, we will immediately improve and correct them, and safeguard our company's corporate social responsibility", Foxconn said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

As Bezos claimed the title as the richest man in the world, reports pile in that show that Amazon is treating their workers badly, both in the USA and beyond. In the case of the Foxconn Hengyang factory, Amazon completed its most recent audit in March 2018 and identified two issues of concern.

Foxconn said in an earlier statement that it "works hard to comply with all relevant laws and regulations" where it operates and conducts regular audits.

"If infractions are identified, we work to immediately rectify them", it was quoted as saying in an emailed statement.