China: National Labor Committee criticises International Council of Toy Industries over failed monitoring of Kai Da factory

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12 August 2008

K'NEX Sesame Street Workers in China Win Sunday Off, a 16 Percent Wage Increase, and Have Their Hours Cut Nearly in Half!

Author: National Labor Committee [USA]

The young workers say they are "very happy" now, and with the positive changes they would like to keep working at the Kai Da [Hoi Da] Toy Factory. In the past there was a huge and constant turnover rate at the plant…While…K'NEX and Sesame Street [Hoi Da's buyers] certainly deserve credit and thanks-more need to be done. The positive changes have been focused on the formal workers…Conditions for temporary workers…have improved very little…

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11 August 2008

K’NEX Links International Council of Toy Industries to Sweatshop Sesame Street Toys Made at the Abusive Kai Da Factory in China

Author: National Labor Committee [USA]

In July, K’NEX admitted to having a nine year “partnership” with the Kai Da / Hoida Factory in Shenzhen…K’NEX President, Michael Araten, responding to an inquiry by the Business and Human Rights Resource Center wrote: “We contract with the Hoida factory in Shenzhen to manufacture and assemble products. Hoida (Kai Da) is ICTI certified (International Council of Toy Industries) and has participated in the ICTI care program since its inception in 2003.” …Obviously, their monitoring efforts failed...

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