Amazon criticised over conditions at Hengyang Foxconn supplier factory

Terry Gou chairman of Taiwan's Foxconn his firm is again under fire for allegedly exploiting workers

Contract manufacturer Foxconn said on Sunday it is investigating a plant in China that makes devices for Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), after a us watchdog group criticized what it described as harsh working conditions at the factory.

This is, of course, not the first time labor issues at Foxconn, one of the largest electronic OEMs in the world and the main supplier of Apple's iPhones, have been scrutinized.

Released this weekend, CLW's report is the result of 'several investigators' who infiltrated the Hengyang Foxconn facility, responsible for producing Amazon-branded devices including Echo smart speaker systems and Kindle tablets and eReaders.

While factories are required by Chinese laws to limit dispatch workers to 10% of the staff, the Foxconn plant had 40%.

It was also noted that the workers at Hengyang were being paid significantly less than workers at other Foxconn factories.

Alexa, for example, is paid 14.5 yuan an hour (£1.69), with frequent overtime paid at the same rate, even though both the Chinese labor law and Amazon's code of conduct dictate that overtime has to be paid at a 150% rate. Foxconn is considering building a display-manufacturing plant in the US, the value of which could exceed $7 billion. The report also highlights how wages are deducted as penalty when these workers take leave or "unexcused absences".

Amazon said it has called on a supplier to clean up its act at a Chinese factory where a watchdog group says it observed harsh conditions and mistreatment of workers.

'Fortnite' for Nintendo Switch Predicted to Be Announced at E3 2018
We should hear more information about Fortnite's future during Nintendo's E3 livestream on Tuesday, June 12th, at 9:00 AM PT. Same with the new Yoshi platformer announced past year , there won't be much more than a brief trailer to take in.

MPs to question leading Brexiteer Arron Banks over Russian Federation links
The businessman sat alongside Leave.EU communications chief Andy Wigmore as they joined Nigel Farage for an exclusive LBC interview.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Receives Its Own Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro
What are you hoping to see at the Square Enix E3 Showcase? This title is coming to PlayStation 4 and Steam on September 4, 2018. Square Enix has announced two brand new games at E3, plus more news on Shadow Of The Tomb Raider and Just Cause 4 .

During each month of peak production season, workers have to put in over 100 hours of overtime.

The report alleged the Foxconn factory often exceeded the number of dispatch workers allowed, and those workers were asked to work ridiculous hours for less pay.

Amazon said that it found issues at the Foxconn factory during an audit in March, and the company "immediately requested a corrective action plan from Foxconn Hengyang detailing their plan to remediate the issues identified".

In light of these allegations, Amazon has said that it completed an internal audit of the factory, and found "two issues of concern".

The report noted staff were also subject to verbal abuse.

Amazon said it will also be "conducting regular assessments to monitor for implementation and compliance with our Supplier Code of Conduct". "We are committed to ensuring these issues are resolved".

Foxconn said it didn't comment on matters involving current customers or products, but promptly claimed that it "works hard" to honor the law and that it will "rectify" violations if they're found.

Related:

  • Nine-year-old in rehab after becoming addicted to Fortnite video game

    Nine-year-old in rehab after becoming addicted to Fortnite video game

    Popular with children and stars like Tottenham's Deli Ali, the game has gripped millions across the globe. Carol said the youngster got so aggressive she hit her dad in the face when her Xbox was taken off her.
    Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

    Trudeau's criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'

    Trump says it "didn't look friendly" but it was "very friendly". "I think it's a very fair question", Trump said. Prior to Trump's departure for Singapore, global leaders met in Quebec over the weekend for the G7 conference.
    The full statement Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un signed

    The full statement Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un signed

    However, the South Carolina Republican noted that he is "not here to spread democracy" or to unite the North with South Korea. But is sticking with USA sanctions against the North " In the meantime, the sanctions will remain in effect".
  • Domino’s Pizza Repaves Potholes In Milford, Delaware

    Domino’s Pizza Repaves Potholes In Milford, Delaware

    The company helped fill five potholes in Burbank, eight in Bartonville, 40 in Milford, and 150 square yards of roads in Athens. On May 3, a Domino's spokesperson said the discovery was "an extremely isolated incident, confined to a single store".
    South Korea Didn't See This Coming - Cortney O'Brien

    South Korea Didn't See This Coming - Cortney O'Brien

    The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
    Twitter CEO apologizes for eating at Chick-fil-A

    Twitter CEO apologizes for eating at Chick-fil-A

    Dorsey was sending the right message by eating at the Christian-owned restaurant during the month of June. Completely forgot about their background ", the Twitter honcho replied.
  • Anthony Bourdain’s daughter, 11, in concert days after his death

    Anthony Bourdain’s daughter, 11, in concert days after his death

    Before welcoming his daughter, he noted that he was "frankly, asking for trouble". 'I'm shocked by how happy my daughter is. Since splitting with Busia in 2016, Bourdain had been dating Italian actress Asia Argento for the past year.

    Real Madrid announce Spain coach Lopetegui as Zidane replacement

    Los Blancos have confirmed that Spain coach Julen Lopetegui will take over from next season. They face a World Cup group containing Iberian rivals Portugal, as well as Morocco and Iran.
    Microsoft Xbox E3 2018 press conference in 16 minutes

    Microsoft Xbox E3 2018 press conference in 16 minutes

    It also snuck in the game's frame rate and resolution for the Xbox One X - Microsoft's most powerful console ever. Now it's UK's turn to join in on the virtual fun, and with United Kingdom comes a new seasonal weather dynamic.
  • Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs

    Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs

    But it's Merkel's that's undoubtedly the most striking. "Sometimes, you just have to weather a dry spell", Merkel said. She said that she still believes Trump shares the principled stance of the G7 on " many issues ".
    Actor Robert De Niro apologizes to Canada for

    Actor Robert De Niro apologizes to Canada for "idiotic behavior" of Trump

    Echoing Trump's sentiments, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro also spoke harshly about Trudeau on Fox News over the weekend. On a related note, De Niro earned thunderous applause last night when he yelled "F*ck Trump " in the middle of the Tony Awards .
    Fallout Shelter - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2018

    Fallout Shelter - Nintendo Switch Trailer - Nintendo E3 2018

    So then how does this work in co-op? "Death never means the loss of progression or the loss of your character", said Howard. And once a bomb goes off, you can enter the fallout and get rare materials that aren't otherwise available.

Comments

Latest news

De Gea coy on United future
The allegations were later found to be false and De Gea and Atletic Bilbao midfielder Iker Muniain, the other player implicated in the scandal - were not called to provide evidence by the judge in the case.

Explosion at Hawaii volcano spews ash as lava flows into sea
It's possible a new fissure will open or vigorous flows could emerge from vents that have been inactive. To date, lava has destroyed more than 600 homes and forced close to 400 people into emergency shelters.

December's Smash Bros. Ultimate includes every existing character, plus Ridley
Others just can't wait to lose all of their friends again since someone has to emerge victorious in the Mario Party games. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed the news during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation Tuesday morning.

Kerala breathes a sigh of relief as Nipah scare subsides
The May 24 advisory was withdrawn a day after the government lifted the high alert sounded in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts. On reports of several people returning from Kerala to West Bengal fearing the virus, he said, "Our entire team is in place".

Antoine Griezmann to end Barcelona-Atletico Madrid transfer saga this week
The forward has been expected to confirm his future before the World Cup and said Saturday that was still the case. After facing the US on Saturday in Lyon, France are due to fly to their training base near Moscow on Sunday.

Trump says Canada PM Justin Trudeau comments will cost Canada 'a lot'
Navarro continued, "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One". Kudlow said Trump won't let people "take pot shots at him" and that Trudeau "should've known better".

Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas spotted travelling together
They first came together when they posed for photos on the red carpet together in Ralph Lauren designs at the 2017 Met Gala. While Priyanka looked stunning in a green wrap dress, Nick looked dapper in a navy blue suit paired with white sneakers.

E3 2018: New Marvel Spider-Man Footage Shows Some Main Villains
The team behind Sunset Overdrive have delivered a game where Spider-Man's full acrobatic prowess can be put to good use. So far, the classic Spider-Man villains include Electro, the Rhino, Scorpion, and our old favorite, the Vulture.

Rare tensions between Assad's backers as Syria's war unwinds
Iran and Hezbollah have been widely seen as instrumental to bolstering the success of Assad's forces throughout the war. Assad lambasted the American and British interventions, saying they were "breaching the sovereignty of Syria".

China urges 'full denuclearization' as Kim, Trump meet
North Korea has called for an end to the exercises as part of the United States' ending its "hostile policy" toward the country.

Deontay Wilder Reportedly Agrees To Terms For Anthony Joshua Superfight
Wilder made a $50million offer to Joshua to come to America, but has now announced he is prepared to come to the UK. Surely Joshua will agree and send the contract to Wilder.

Kyrie Irving’s future with Boston Celtics up in the air
The good takeaway from that reply is that Irving has his sights set on competing for a title with the Celtics next year. Getting Irving back will solve most of those problems, and the cracks he can't fill should be Hayward's job.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic makes announcement over Lazio future
Manchester United also want to sign Milinkovic-Savic this summer and they are aware of the rivalry from the European Champions. Milinkovic-Savic hit the headlines this season after a stunning year in which he netted 14 goals and supplied eight assists.

Brazil set to put dour World Cup performances behind them
The Selecao superstar moved to 55 goals in 85 caps, equaling the record of 1994 World Cup victor Romario. Unbeaten now in 10 games, Brazil look very much capable of going all the way in Russian Federation .

Kane expects 'brave' and 'aggressive' England in Russian Federation
England's players were wished good luck by their partners on social media as they started their trip to Russian Federation . We've counted down the weeks and now only days remain before England take to the field at the 2018 World Cup .

Other news