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Microsoft probing reports of hard conditions at Chinese factory

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 14 Apr 2010 23:37 User comments (8)

Microsoft probing reports of hard conditions at Chinese factory Microsoft Corp. revealed on Wednesday that it is investigating reports of harsh working conditions at a Chinese factory that products products for the Redmond-based software giant. The National Labor Committee released a report on Tuesday about harsh treatment of workers at a KYE Systems Corp. factory in the city of Dongguan in Guangdong province.
It accuses KYE of recruiting hundreds of 16 and 17 year olds who work 15 hour shifts, six and seven days a week. The report said that in 2007 and 2008 before the economic downturn hit badly, workers were at the factory as many as 97 hours per week, whilst working for over 80 of those hours.

In 2009, workers were at the facility 83 hours a week and working 68 hours. In addition to the long working hours - for which workers were paid just 65 cents an hour of which only 52 cents is "take-home pay" after deductions are made for factory food expenses - workers were not allowed to talk, listen to any music or even use the bathroom during working hours.

Workers who broke the "rules" were forced to clean the factory's bathrooms as punishment. "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 that it is committed to the fair treatment and safety of workers employed by its vendors. "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 company stated. It vowed to take appropriate remedial measures on discovery of vendor misconduct.

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8 user comments

115.4.2010 0:53

china moving fast and they have very big man power. Also they are concern in china as well http://diggyourblog.blogspot.com/2010/04...igger-than.html

215.4.2010 5:33
av_verbal
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outsourcing to slave labour is the capitalist way, whats new as mostly every company does this that outsources to mexico, africa or asia, and our governments are happy for them to do this.

remember both the UK and the USA's wealth was based on slavery.

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315.4.2010 10:39

Wow, it's a sad world isn't it? But I'm surprised that MS actually stands up for this. Well doubt or no doubt, it's still a good thing.

415.4.2010 13:33

hhmm...it seems to me that because of the small amount of money they are paid, MS should be able to drop their prices for all of their worthless products.

515.4.2010 18:20

Originally posted by Gnawnivek:
Wow, it's a sad world isn't it? But I'm surprised that MS actually stands up for this. Well doubt or no doubt, it's still a good thing.
They are actually only doing this because of the pressure they are getting from it's original exposé reporting...Sorry but I have to say it ~ this is not surprising nor anything unexpected from MS. No different from any of their other products ranging from Windows to definitely the 360. They have a clear record of dealing with issues AFTER they get busted instead of doing it right from the start.

615.4.2010 18:49
av_verbal
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Originally posted by oner:
They are actually only doing this because of the pressure they are getting from it's original exposé reporting...Sorry but I have to say it ~ this is not surprising nor anything unexpected from MS. No different from any of their other products ranging from Windows to definitely the 360. They have a clear record of dealing with issues AFTER they get busted instead of doing it right from the start.
and sony, they use foxconn to make their ps3's and foxconn have been exposed for their sweat shops many times, so do apple, nike, levis, coke, most pc chips, nvidia, ati, the list of unscrupulous globalist corporations is endless im afraid but what is more worrying is that people dont seem to care, as long as their shiny things are cheap. many western corporations have been implicated in assassinations of union leaders and promoters & destroy the planet for profit also.
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715.4.2010 19:17

You make a very valid point AV_Verbal and it should be of concern to all but it also has to be said that those who should be held responsible are not only the corporations but China's Government. But I don't want this to go too off topic so I won't go much into it as a whole, as I'm sure a lot of things about this (or similar) don't really have to be said as it's understood.


815.4.2010 19:45

Sounds like a regular mexican factory.

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