Olympic mascots made in Chinese ‘sweatshop’ factories 倫敦奧運吉祥物 來自中國血汗工廠

Thu, Aug 16, 2012 - Page 10

Staff making Wenlock and Mandeville toys say they were paid as little as six pounds a day and forced to work illegal overtime hours.

Activists in China spoke to dozens of factory workers and discovered staff were forced to work up to 120 hours overtime a month, nearly three times the legal limit. At one factory, staff had to buy their own safety masks and were fined half a day’s salary if they were five minutes late to work.

The report has been issued by Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), a Hong Kong workers’ rights group. SACOM also says staff were exposed to hazardous conditions in the paint spraying department. Some of the 50 workers interviewed said they left the factory constantly covered in paint and even their saliva had changed color.

During the busiest period of production for the Olympics, staff worked six day weeks for 11 to 12 hours a day, clocking up 120 hours a month in overtime — despite Chinese labor laws stating overtime should be no longer than 36 hours a month.

(Liberty Times)

製作溫洛克與曼德維爾玩具的工作人員表示,他們一天的工資只有六英鎊,而且還被迫非法加班。

中國的活動人士和數十名工廠勞工談話後,發現勞工每個月被迫工作的時間最多高達一百二十個小時,接近法定工作時數的三倍。其中一家工廠的勞工還要自行購買安全口罩,而且只要遲到五分鐘,就要被扣半天薪水。

這份報告是由香港的勞工人權團體「大學師生監察無良企業行動」(SACOM)所發表。SACOM表示,噴漆部門的工作人員常暴露在危險的工作環境中。受訪的五十名員工中,有人表示他們離開工廠時常常身上沾滿油漆,連口水都變色。

製造奧運商品最忙的期間,工人一週工作六天,每天工作十一至十二個小時,儘管中國勞工法規定每月加班時數不得超過三十六小時,每月加班時數還是達到一百二十個小時。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)