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Sunday, 9 December 2012

The REAL Toy Story: Chinese factory workers forced to sleep among piles of doll parts as they churn out Christmas presents

By STEVE ROBSON and ALEX WARD

Abuses: With the pressure to produce toys in time for Christmas, factory workers in China are forced to work long hours and sleep in the factory

With the demand to produce toys in time for Christmas, Chinese factory workers are being forced to work long hours and sleep on factory floors, among piles of doll parts.
In recent years, human rights campaigners have frequently raised concerns over the conditions of Chinese factory workers who make an estimated £150 a month.
These images give a stark insight into the monotonous life endured by thousands of Chinese factory workers in the country which makes 75 per cent of the world's toys, including well-known characters such as Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Working hard: Human rights campaigners have frequently raised concerns over the conditions of Chinese factory workers who make an estimated £150 a month

A report in 2010 reported that the average monthly salary, including overtime, for a migrant worker was estimated to be just £150.
Across China there are an estimated 8,000 toy-making factories employing 3.5 million people.
According to New York-based China Labour Watch Chinese factory workers often work an extra 36.5 hours a week but are paid only 59 per cent of the minimum wage.

Production line: Chinese factory workers in the country which makes 75 per cent of the world¿s toys in an estimated 8,000 toy-making factories employing 3.5 million people

The non-profit organisation that assesses production factories say that while conditions have improved for workers after factories implemented a code of conduct, the abuses still continue.
A report in 2009 revealed that one million Chinese factory workers suffered industrial accidents in that year alone.

Less than minimum: According to New York-based China Labour Watch, Chinese factory workers often work an extra 36.5 hours a week but are paid only 59 per cent of the minimum wage

In 2010, human rights organisation the National Labour Committee released photos of workers asleep on their stations making computer mice and web cams for an American multinational computer company.
Employed for gruelling 15-hour shifts, in appalling conditions and 86f heat, many fall asleep on their stations during their meagre ten-minute breaks.
For as little as 34p an hour, the men and women work six or seven days a week at the KYE Systems factory at Dongguan, China.

Reality: Well-known characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants (pictured) and Mickey Mouse are produced in these factories

Hard work, little money: A report in 2010 reported that the average monthly salary, including overtime, for a migrant worker was estimated to be just £150

Insight: German photographer Michael Wolf visited five factories in mainland China, taking pictures of the employees at work

This photo and others like it were smuggled out of the KYE Systems factory at Dongguan, China, as part of a three-year investigation by the National Labour Committee (NLC), a human rights organisation which campaigns for workers across the globe.
According to NLC the mostly female workers, aged 18 to 25, work from 7.45am to 10.55pm, sometimes with 1,000 workers crammed into one 105ft by 105ft room.

Monotonous: A factory work attaches eye lashes to doll's heads, as many more are lined up ready to be done

Tough conditions: A report revealed 1 million Chinese factory workers suffered industrial accidents in 2009 alone

Child's play: Wolf decided to exhibit his photographs surrounded by 16,000 second hand toys that he bought from flea markets in California

source: dailymail

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