China's besieged factories: Activists aim to expose unscrupulous labor practices to shame companies
Date of publication: February 14, 2007
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Author: Craig Simons
For each 60-hour week he works on an assembly line for Foxconn, a manufacturer of electronics and computer parts in this south China manufacturing hub, he earns $32 and a bunk in a dormitory room with 19 other laborers.
At the factory, managers forbid workers from talking or resting outside of two 10-minute breaks, he said.
Labor rights groups have long documented low pay and strict management in Chinese factories. But as Western firms increasingly move manufacturing to China to cut costs and raise profits, activists are adopting a strategy of publicizing conditions at globally recognized companies including Foxconn, which supplies dozens of international brands, including Apple Inc., from its Shenzhen facilities...