Foxconn broke Chinese labour laws-rights group

Terry Gou chairman of Taiwan's Foxconn his firm is again under fire for allegedly exploiting workers

Foxconn workers at its factory in Hengyang were making Amazon Echo and Kindle devices, where an investigation by the Observer and China Labour Watch found "unethical and illegal" conditions.

It is worth remembering that Foxconn is the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and employs more than a million people, spread across multiple factories in the Far East and beyond.

Moreover, the report by China Labor Watch detailed how staff dormitories lack basic fire safety precautions, including the lack of emergency exits or fire extinguishers.

A labour watchdog group has called out Amazon for its poor factory conditions at its Chinese facility where Echo devices and Kindles are built.

The factory is violation of China's labor laws, forcing its workers to spend more than 100 hours per month on overtime.

Amazon admitted and revealed that their auditors visited Foxconn factory in March and found out that it had hired an illegally high number of agency workers and was not paying them properly for working outside duty hours. These dispatch workers were paid normal rates for overtime hours and received only three to eight hours of training instead of the mandated 24.

A Foxconn factory in China is being investigated by its owner, after a USA watchdog alleged serious workplace violations at the plant. There was also "an instance" of employees working 14 consecutive days without a day off.

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Amazon said it had discovered "two issues of concern" at the Foxconn factory in Hengyang earlier this year.

The watchdog group China Labor Watch, based out of NY, released a study over the weekend relating the conditions under which workers in the factory function.

The company, which is also the maker of Apple's iPhones, was criticized heavily in 2010 following several suicides at its plants across China, and pledged at that time to improve the working conditions at its factories. Amazon is now conducting regular assessments to monitor implementation and compliance with its supplier code of conduct, it said. Staff was also subject to verbal abuse, it added.

The online retailing giant said it is monitoring Foxconn's response and "compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct. We are committed to ensuring that these issues are resolved", the statement said.

Foxconn also responded, stating that salary reviews were conducted regularly and all full time as well as dispatch workers received pre-job training as well as additional training for their assigned departments.

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

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