Factory Workers at KYE Treated Like Prisoners PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 April 2010

Source : Tom's Guide US 

A recent report reveals the working conditions at a manufacturing plant used by Microsoft and other manufacturers.

report released by the National Labor Committee (NLC) reveals the working conditions at a Chinese manufacturing plant (KYE) used by the likes of Microsoft (the primary user in this case), Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Foxconn, Acer, Logitech and Asus. Based on the evidence provided by the report, the environment is horrendous, and the workers are treated like prisoners, hired on as "work study students" as early as 16-years-old.

According to the report, the workers are forced to live on-site, and are not allowed to leave the facility except during special designated hours. "Fourteen workers share each primitive dorm room, sleeping on narrow double-level bunk beds," the report reads. "To "shower," workers fetch hot water in a small plastic bucket to take a sponge bath. Workers describe factory food as awful."

Security guards even sexually harass the young women.

The NLC claims that the shifts are frighteningly long, lasting from 7:45 a.m. to 10:55 p.m. All workers must pay for their food, leaving them making an average of $0.52 per hour. The typical workload consists of a frantic race to build a mandatory goal of 2,000 Microsoft mice per shift. "During the long summer months when factory temperatures routinely reach 86 degrees, workers are drenched in sweat," the report claims.

"We are like prisoners," one worker said. "We do not have a life. Only work."

Microsoft retaliated against the claims made in the report, and did so rather quickly. "We are aware of the NLC report and we have commenced an investigation," Microsoft said in a statement sent in to SeattlePI. "We take these claims seriously, and we will take appropriate remedial measures in regard to any findings of vendor misconduct."

The pictures from the source are out of context however, as these factories encourage tired employees to take naps.

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