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Foxconn Entangled in Labor Rights Inquiries

The father of a brain-damaged former Foxconn worker sued the world’s biggest electronics manufacturer this Tuesday. Tan Ee Lyn at Reuters reveals the shady tactics played by Foxconn in such worker compensation disputes:...

Foxconn Admits to Hiring Teen Interns

Apple contractor Foxconn, which briefly closed its Taiyuan plant late last month after a large worker brawl, acknowledged on Tuesday that it hired underage workers at one of its other China plants. From The Wall Street Journal:...

Apple Releases 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report

Apple has released its latest Supplier Responsibility report, which shows an 80% drop in underage labour and signs of a new and long-awaited transparency. The company also published a nearly comprehensive list of suppliers for...

Apple Releases New Supplier Responsibility Report

Last month, a group of Chinese environmental organizations criticised Apple for the excessive secrecy surrounding its supply chain, and for its uncooperative response to requests for information. The company’s newly...

Child Labor Alleged at Factory

An investigation by RFA found that underage Uighur workers are being employed by the Taiwanese-owned Longfa Shoe Factory, which supplies shoes for Nike: While the legal working age in China is 16, Nike’s code of conduct states...

Child Labor Rings Reach China’s Distant Villages

More details are emerging about the child labor case uncovered recently in rural Sichuan. From the New York Times: China is now investigating whether hundreds, perhaps thousands, of poor children of the Yi ethnic minority group...

Chinese Police Find Child Slaves

From BBC News: Chinese police have rescued more than 100 village children sold to work as slave labourers in the booming southern province of Guangdong. The children, from the ethnic Yi minority, came from poor families in...

From Job Placements to Child Labor Smuggling

“Made in China” fame is built upon hundreds of millions of laborers from rural China. But there’s crime and tragedy involved too, according to an investigative report by Southern Metropolis Daily, translated by...

Company Loses Olympic Product License Over Alleged Child Labor – AP

AP follows up on the Olympics child labor allegations: A company alleged to have used child labor to produce licensed products for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has had its contract terminated, Beijing organizers said Tuesday. In addition, three other companies accused of labor-law violations in a report released in early June have had their contracts […]

Finally Rescued, China’s ‘Slaves’ Detail Their Plight

The Wall Street Journal reporter Gordon Fairclough interviewed one of the victims of the Shanxi Brick Kiln forced labor case and published a detailed story on how Li Yaokai, one of the first abducted children to “give an extended interview to the foreign press”, got kidnapped at Zhengzhou Railway Station and was transported to Shanxi […]

370 Rescued from Brick Kiln Slavery – Keralanext.com

CDT partially translated the letter from 400 fathers, whose children have been kidnapped and illegally forced to work as slaves in some brick kilns in Shanxi. An update: a story from Keralanext.com reports that the number of forced laborers and child labor rescued and freed from brick kilns has reached 379. Rescue teams comprising a […]

Mass Rescue of ‘Slaves’ in China – BBC News

From BBC News: More than 200 people, including 29 children, have been rescued after working as “slaves” in brick kilns in central China, state media reports. Tens of thousands of police moved in on the kilns in Henan province, arresting 120 people, Xinhua news agency said. They acted after media reports claimed that children were […]

Child Labor Caution for China Olympics – Andrew Taylor

From Financial Times: Licensed goods being made for next year’s Beijing Olympic Games are being manufactured by child labour and “sweatshops” in China, the Playfair Alliance says in a report published on Monday. Research found children as young as 12 producing Olympic merchandise. Playfair says that adults producing goods for the Beijing games earn as […]

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