A Chinese plant that makes devices for Amazon is being investigated after an American watchdog group slammed the facility for harsh working conditions.
Contract manufacturer Foxconn said yesterday it would launch an investigation into the plant. A 94-page report by China Labor Watch said bosses made staff work excessive hours, with low wages and inadequate training.
In a statement given to Reuters, Foxconn said: "We are carrying out a full investigation of the areas raised by that report, and if found to be true, immediate actions will be taken to bring the operations into compliance with our Code of Conduct."
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China Labor Watch added that around 40 per cent of the plant's staff were dispatch workers, around 10 per cent higher than the limit dictated by Chinese law.
In a statement, Amazon said:
Amazon takes reported violations of our Supplier Code of Conduct extremely seriously. Amazon regularly assesses suppliers, using independent auditors as appropriate, to monitor continued compliance and improvement.
In the case of the Foxconn Hengyang factory, Amazon completed its most recent audit in March 2018 and identified two issues of concern.
We immediately requested a corrective action plan from Foxconn Hengyang detailing their plan to remediate the issues identified, and we are conducting regular assessments to monitor for implementation and compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct. We are committed to ensuring that these issues are resolved.