Facts from Verité's ResearchApril 24, 2012
Probationary workers at a manufacturing facility in China are financially penalized for quitting their jobs. The factory’s Employee Entering Agreement stipulates that if probationary workers resign, they will be deducted wages as a management fee; if workers terminate employment before the end of three days, they will not be paid at all, irrespective of the reasons for termination.
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April 17, 2012
Workers at a manufacturing facility in Malaysia typically work eight regular hours and four overtime hours on "normal" workdays. Pay slips showed between 120 to 123 normal overtime hours for workers for the pay period ending in March 2011 (Malaysian labor laws limit overtime hours to 104 per month).
April 10, 2012
At a manufacturing facility in Taiwan, an addendum to the employment contract shows that the foreign contract worker must pay for the airfare to and from Taiwan.
April 4, 2012
The Employee Manual at a manufacturing facility in China stipulates that if a worker does not return his factory card when he ends employment, he will be deducted RMB 100 (the amount significantly exceeds the cost of a factory card) and if the worker does not return a meal card, he will be deducted one month’s meal fees (which is around RMB 176-200).
March 27, 2012
Workers at a manufacturing facility in Malaysia are working in excess of 12 hours per day. Some workers reported for work at 6:20am and clocked out at 9:30 to 10:00 pm, working 6 to 7 hours of overtime per day and more than 72 regular hours per week.
March 13, 2012
During an audit of a manufacturing facility in Malaysia, a designated emergency exit door in the warehouse was locked and blocked by storage shelves and assorted materials in front of and at the rear of the door, creating serious safety hazards during an emergency evacuation.
March 6, 2012
A manufacturing facility in China requires all job applicants to submit hepatitis B virus (HBV) test records during their recruitment. Chinese regulations prohibit employers from forcing the testing of an applicant or employee’s HBV serological indicators, except for certain jobs. The test at this factory is considered a form of discrimination by Chinese law.
February 29, 2012
At a manufacturing facility in China, a worker was fined RMB 100 for “failing to listen to her supervisor.”
February 21, 2012
To access their passports, foreign workers at a manufacturing facility in Malaysia are required to present a “valid reason” for retrieving the passport and pay a deposit of MYR 1,500. If the worker cannot put up the cash deposit, they must present three guarantors who must sign a promissory note to pay the deposit amount in the event the worker absconds.
February 15, 2012
At a manufacturing facility in Korea, time records for the months of January and March, 2011, showed that most workers had no days off for up to four weeks straight.
February 7, 2012
At a manufacturing facility in Malaysia, the first aid kit is kept locked in the warehouse. Workers need to dial the local telephone number of the person holding the keys to the kit. However, there are no phones within the immediate vicinity of the first aid kit.
January 31, 2012
At a manufacturing facility in Honduras, unionized workers told Verité that they were targeted by management, discriminated against and called “terrorists.” 26 union workers that were fired were offered severance pay at a rate of less than what is legally required. According to documents reviewed, these workers were fired “due to facility restructuring.”
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