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Subject: Toys of Misery Made in Abusive Chinese Sweatshops
The U.S. National Labor Committee has issued a comprehensive new report. The full report is available on the NLCnet home page and has many photos.
Toys of Misery Made in Abusive Chinese Sweatshops
Chinese workers work excessive overtime and are paid illegally low wages as they suffer in squalid dorms infested with bedbugs while producing toys for Disney, Hasbro, and RC2 (December 11, 2008)
Disney toys are produced at the Dawei factory in Dongguan, China under abusive and illegal sweatshop conditions:
Workers are at the factory 96 hours a week, routinely toiling 15 ½-hour shifts, from 8:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
All overtime is forced. Any worker missing a shift will be docked three days’ wages.
Workers are cheated of up to 40 percent of the wages legally due them, paid below the minimum wage and shortchanged on their overtime pay.
A worker arriving 30 minutes late will also be docked three days wages.
Toiling in 95-degree temperatures in the summer, workers are drenched in their own sweat.
Eight workers share each primitive dorm room, sleeping in double-level bunk beds which are infested with bed bugs.
Hasbro and RC2 Toys, including Bratz dolls are made under abusive sweatshop conditions at the Yongsheng factory in the south of China:
Workers are at the factory 93 hours a week, toiling 13 ½-hour shifts, seven days a week.
Anyone missing a single overtime shift is docked three days’ wages.
Workers are cheated of up to 36 percent of the wages legally due them.
Workers describe the factory food as “horrible…You can hardly bring yourself to swallow it.”
Twenty-four workers are crowded into each dorm room sleeping on narrow triple- level bunk beds. Temperatures routinely reach 95 degrees. The dorms are infested with bed bugs. Each toilet is shared by 24 workers.