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20 Nov 2019

China Labor Watch

China: Exploitative working conditions & sexual harassment found in factories producing for multinational brands, investigation finds

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"The Dark Side of the Glittering World: A Report on Exploitation in Toy Factories in China", 20 November 2019

...[W]orking conditions of workers in the toy industry have become worse under the trade war... [T]he peak season is... [shorter so] workers are putting in even more work hours... After [peak season]... the majority of factories only hired a small number of female workers... Factories have also been hiring more temporary workers and dispatch workers, instead of regular workers...

In 2019, China Labor Watch investigated five toy factories in Guangdong Province. The five factories are: Wah Tung (He Yuan) Toy Products Ltd. Co., Dongguan Kongxing Industry Co., Ltd., Foshan Nanhai Mattel Precision Diecasting Co., Ltd., Dongguan Wing Fai Foam Products Co., Ltd., and Everfront Plastic and Electronics Manufacturing Co., Ltd. They manufacture for multinational brand companies such as Disney, Hasbro, Mattel, and Lego...

[Findings focus on] a number of aspects of labor rights, including living wages, excessive overtime, work safety, living conditions and social welfare, worker representation, and female workers’ rights... Sexual harassment cases were also found...