Business As Usual for Mattel in Dusty South China – James Pomfret
Thousands of young Chinese toymakers dressed in pink and blue Mattel T-shirts spill from the U.S. toy goliath’s factories in Guanyao after an 11-hour overnight shift, as the dawn shift took their place.
Street hawkers on motorbikes sell warm soy milk, steaming buns and noodles to the throng wanting a quick snack before heading back to their crowded dormitories. “I’m so exhausted I could die,” said a 19-year-old worker from Hunan who had spent the night attaching hair to “3,000 (Barbie) dolls” in her factory. Her six-day working week earns her around 1,000 yuan ($132) a month, far more than she would earn at home. [Full Text]
See also: Chinese press quiet over global ‘made in China’ scare from Yahoo.com.
And also: Fisher-Price Recalls 1.5m China-made Toys – Eoin Callan (Updated) from CDT.
[Image: A contract manufacturer in China for Mattel, from Reuters]