NLC report prompts Microsoft investigations into labor practices at Chinese KYE facility
With a report from the Pittsburgh-based National Labor Committee (NLC) noting that the Chinese KYE facility, based in Dongguan City, Guangdong, is virtually violating ‘every single labor law’ in China, Microsoft has initiated an investigation into the labor practices followed at the facility.
As per the NLC report, the KYE facility in China gives hardly any rights to the workers – most of them being “work study students” aged 16 or 17 years – working in deplorable conditions. The employees at the facility, to which Microsoft out-sources production, are meagerly paid a 50-cents-per-hour take-home salary for working as much as 80.5 hours per week.
The report further revealed that workers at the facility are required to make 2,000 mice in a 12-hour shift; during which they can neither use the bathroom nor can they get up to drink water, except for an authorized 10-minute ‘unpaid’ break each day.
The NLC report quoted one of the workers as saying: “We are like prisoners. It seems like we live only to work. We do not work to live. We do not live a life, only work.”
Meanwhile, Microsoft reiterated its commitment to “fair treatment and safety” of workers employed by its vendors, who are required to follow its code of conduct which, among other things, necessitates compliance with “all local and national minimum working age laws or regulations and not utilize child labor.”
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