Microsoft to Investigate Reports of Harsh Working Condition in KYE Systems Corp, China

Microsoft to Investigate Reports of Harsh Working Condition in KYE Systems Corp,

Microsoft Corporation announced on Wednesday that it will be looking into reports of inconsiderate working conditions at a Chinese factory that manufactures products for the Redmond-based software giant.

The National Labor Committee revealed this in a report on Tuesday. There have been allegations about the ruthless handling of workers at a KYE Systems Corp. factory in the city of Dongguan in Guangdong province.

KYE has been accused of hiring hundreds of 16 and 17 year old workers, who put in 15 hours of labor, six and seven days a week.

The report also asserted that in the years 2007 and 2008, before the worsening of the recession, workers were at the factory for as many as 97 hours per week, while they worked there for over 80 hours.

In 2009, workers were stayed at the factory for 83 hours a week and put in 68 working hours.

In addition to these long working hours, the wages for work were also meager.

The workers were salaried just 65 cents for an hour out of which they could only take home 52 cents, since the rest was deducted as factory food expenses. The workers were also expected to be tethered to their chairs during working hours and not even allowed to use the bathroom while they worked.

 

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