‘Long hours, low wages’: Amazon blasted by labour group over conditions in Chinese factory

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Amazon Echo speakers. A report issued by a labour group paints a picture of low pay and intense working conditions at the Chinese factory that manufactures the devices.Elaine Thompson/AP Photo file

A watchdog group is calling on Amazon.com Inc. to improve conditions for factory workers in China who make Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers, renewing criticisms that CEO Jeff Bezos became the world’s wealthiest man on the backs of low-paid labourers.

The New York-based China Labor Watch released a report at the weekend following a nine-month investigation of working conditions at a factory in the city of Hengyang owned by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the company known as Foxconn, which manufactures products for Amazon. It offers the first behind-the-scenes glimpse of how Amazon produces voice-activated speakers that cost as little as US$40.

The report, which paints a picture of low pay and intense working conditions, includes the following findings:

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