Report: Microsoft Gear Made Under Harsh Conditions

Thursday Apr 15th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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A worker tells the National Labor Committee, "We are like prisoners."

cnet: The Pittsburgh-based National Labor Committee has issued a report which claims that the KYE facility in Dongguan City, Guangdong, China, which makes mice and other gear for Microsoft, imposes harsh conditions on its employees. Among the report's claims:

  • Underage workers are employed at the plant.
  • Employees work up to 80.5 hours a week for about 50 cents per hour.
  • Staff must make 2,000 mice during a 12-hour shift.
  • Workers are prevented from using the bathroom or getting drinks of water except during unpaid 10-minute breaks.

"We are like prisoners," one worker told the NLC, according to the report. "It seems like we live only to work. We do not work to live. We do not live a life, only work."

Microsoft responded with a written statement which said, "We are aware of the NLC report, and we have commenced an investigation. We take these claims seriously, and we will take appropriate remedial measures in regard to any findings of vendor misconduct."

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