Students and Scholars
Corporate Misbehaviour

Year Month

New York Times: China Plant Again Faces Labor Issue on iPhones


SHANGHAI — As Apple prepares to unveil the latest iPhone this week, the company’s manufacturing partner in China, Foxconn Technology, is coming under renewed criticism over labor practices after reports that vocational students were being compelled to work at plants making iPhones and their components.

Foxconn has acknowledged using student “interns” on manufacturing lines, but says they are free to leave at any time. But two worker advocacy groups said Monday that they had spoken with students who said they had been forced by their teachers to assemble iPhones at a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, in north-central China.

South China Morning Post: Guangdong shuts down at least seven labour NGOs



Beyblade spinning tops, Zhu Zhu Pets and remote-controlled Cars 2 cars are this year’s star Christmas toys. But behind the scenes little Christmas cheer surrounds the production of these toys, in an industry that’s worth $80 billion a year globally. Now a report on working conditions in the toy industry in China has comes down hard on industry leaders Disney and Mattel.

Between May and October, which represents the busy season for toy factories, a group of academics based in Hong Kong, Sacom, and the organization China Labor Watch (CLW) conducted a thorough investigation into several sub-contractors of [...]

Prague Daily Monitor: Campaign exposing conditions in Chinese toy factories launches

Some 80% of the world’s toys are manufactured in China. (ČTK)

Prague, Dec 15 (CTK) – The Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) organisation, based in Hong Kong, and its Czech partner NaZemi group yesterday presented their campaign against violation of labour rights of Chinese workers making toys for the world’s biggest toy companies.

The organisers of the campaign pointed out that buyers have no chance to show that they are against the bad working conditions by the selection of toys they buy. The organisers therefore call on the buyers to join their campaign on their website.

The Observer: Revealed: true cost of the Christmas toys we buy from China’s factories

Undercover investigation alleges hours of overtime, late wages and fines for using the toilet without permission

Workers in the Hung Hing factory, where the basic wage is £132 a month, put in up to 100 hours of overtime in that period

With Christmas three weeks away, an undercover investigation has revealed the bleak realities of life in Chinese toy factories serving a market worth £2.8bn a year in the UK alone.