Amazon Supplier Foxconn Accused Of Further Human Rights Violations

Amazon Supplier Foxconn Accused Of Further Human Rights Violations

Human rights violations are something that brings bad press even when a company has a ton of momentum going its way with upcoming products, services, or big money acquisitions on the horizon. Amazon just got caught up with one such bit of bad news due to the working conditions of a supplier factory in China.

Labor Violations In China Prove To Be A Problem For Apple Supplier

In an Observer and China Labor Watch investigation, it was revealed that Foxconn’s China factory had an alarming amount of overworked and underpaid workers. How does Amazon fit in? Foxconn is manufacturing its Kindle Fires and Echos in Hengyang.

The Details

Roughly 40-percent of workers (agency staff) didn’t receive sick pay and could be released at any moment due to a drop in demand. According to China’s workforce regulations, only 10 percent is meant to make up a company’s employee pool since they were the most exploitable.

In addition to this, agency staff only got the hourly rate for overtime instead of time and a half. Law states that overtime is to be capped at 36 hours but these workers were doing 100 hours when demand was high and in some cases pulling 14 days straight.

To cap the pay issue off, they were often paid below the wages of regular Foxconn workers at $273 a month compared to $374 at the Shenzen-based facility which handles Apple’s products. For more perspective, that is half of the living wage in China.

The report also details safety concerns. There were factories where workers didn’t receive appropriate safety training and working in conditions where fire safety wasn’t a priority.

It’s important to note that Amazon isn’t directly at fault as it carries out regular inspections and actually found two violations back in March. The company requested that Foxconn get in line with government regulations on overtime and agency staff. Amazon stated that it will continue its regular inspections while Foxconn said that it strives to operate within regulations regardless of the market.

The New Taipei-based company is no stranger to human rights violations. Some of its earliest issues date back to 2007 around worker conditions, conflict materials, and suicides stemming from low pay between 2010 and 2011.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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