NLA made a report about the working environment in Chinese company KYE which manufactures products for Microsoft: gamepads, mice, keyboards. Report shows facts about KYE’s employees treated there as slaves. The staff is working for 90 hours per week, receiving 52 cents per hour (about 200 dollars a month), they are forbidden to talk to each other, to go to the bathroom during working hours (which makes a 15-hour shift) and to leave the factory. They live in dormitories, 14 people in a room, they are beaten and female workers are very often sexually harassed by security guards and many more.
The employees say that they don’t have a life, they have only work. They sleep, get up very early, go to work, come back and go to sleep. And this circle never stops until they decide to leave the factory or to flee.
Photos from the report NLA:
There is not enough room inside the factories’ premises, in a workshop of 100 by 100 feet, can work about 1000 workers, air-conditioning is turned on only during visits to the superiors or customers.
“A partial list of KYE buyers”
According to the employees, Microsoft products are a big part of all that this factory produces. Normally, in such cases, the buyer representative is present there to control the quality. NLA intends to find out whether there is a company representative from Microsoft.
Officially, the majority of workers listed as “Work study” students are doing the training there. The youngest "students" are 14-15 years old.
Here’s the training card of one of the youngest KYE workers.
The workers say the food is terrible, and they should pay it from their pocket.
They can go outside but as they don’t have the right to wear KYE uniforms outside the factory they don’t have much time as well to change, go out, buy lunch, eat it and come back to work.
They have special “food cards” to pay for the factory food, if a worker buys a month card, he is “rewarded” with free treats two times a month. Usually, it is a fruit or a chicken leg.
A typical shift is from 7:45 a.m. to 10:55 p.m.
When workers make mistakes or drop products on the floor, they are punished. As punishment, they are humiliated in front of their friends and co-workers or forced to clean the bathrooms.
To "shower," workers use a small plastic bucket with hot water to have a sponge bath.
The lights are out at 11 p.m.
From NLA report:
Even when workers are on leave and not working,
factory management restricts their freedom of movement:
Workers can only leave the factory compound during regulated periods:
On weekdays, Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
On weekday evenings, Monday through Saturday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Sundays: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.