Taiwan-based Foxconn is the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and employs more than a million people. More than 40% of the staff there were temporary employees, while China only allows 10% of any workforce to be temps.
A joint investigation found multiple labor violations at a Foxconn plant in China where Amazon devices are produced.
Amazon admitted and revealed that their auditors visited Foxconn factory in March and found out that it had hired an illegally high number of agency workers and was not paying them properly for working outside duty hours.
"Despatch workers are also required to pay the physical examination fees, whereas some regular workers reported not having to pay any fees for the physical examination", China Labor Watch claimed. There was also "an instance" of employees working 14 consecutive days without a day off.
What just happened? Amazon has been slammed for the "unethical and illegal" working conditions at one of its supplier factories in China.
During each month of peak production season, workers have to put in over 100 hours of overtime.
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Amazon said it took action against the violations, including a request for a "corrective action plan" from the Hengyang factory as well as "regular assessments" to be sure that Foxconn enacts the necessary changes. As salaries are low, workers must rely on overtime hours to earn enough to maintain a decent standard of living.
In a statement responding to the report, Amazon said it had raised "issues of concern" at its latest audit of the same factory in April of this year. The company, which also makes Apple iPhones, came under fire in 2010 for a spate of suicides at Chinese plants.
A United States watchdog has accused a Chinese-based Amazon factory used to manufacture Kindle e-readers of harsh working conditions, sparking an official investigation.
As Bezos claimed the title as the richest man in the world, reports pile in that show that Amazon is treating their workers badly, both in the US and beyond.
In light of these allegations, Amazon has said that it completed an internal audit of the factory, and found "two issues of concern".
"We are committed to ensuring that these issues are resolved", the company added.
"Foxconn works hard to comply with all relevant laws and regulations in all markets where we operate", it said. "If infractions are identified, we work to immediately rectify them", it said.