Hundreds of people making stuffed toys for The Walt Disney Co. at a factory in southern China are working up to 16 hours a day with only a few days off a month, a Hong Kong-based labor activist group said Wednesday. “During the peak season, before Christmas, workers at the factory start at 8 a.m. and don’t finish until midnight,” said Jenny Chan, an activist with the Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior .
Chan said the Tianyu Toys factory in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan regularly holds back workers’ wages for up to 45 days, and paid overtime of 3 yuan (US$0.40) an hour, less than half the rate set by Chinese labor laws. She said this prompted a mass strike in September, but that management had only increased overtime pay to 3.5 yuan an hour. [Full Text]
[Image: A Mickey Mouse stuffed toy and placards are displayed during a demonstration outside the Hong Kong Disneyland Tuesday, by Vincent Yu from AP.]