China’s Toy Industry Plagued by Abuses

September 29, 2005 – The toy industry in China continues to be plagued by a variety of labor abuses, according to a report released by China Labor Watch. China’s toy industry, which is the largest in the world, generates billions of dollars in profits and employs millions of people in thousands of factories.

The report examines working conditions at eleven randomly selected factories, including the Kai Long factory in Dongguan City, which produces toys for McDonald’s, KFC, Hasbro and Mattel.

The investigation found wages that were as low as only 59 percent of the local minimum wage, work schedules that surpass the legal limit by at least 36.5 hours per week, dangerous working conditions, cramped dormitories and unsanitary cafeterias.

Read The Toy Industry in China: Undermining Workers’ Rights and Rule of Law.