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Nozza XBA
04-16-2010, 08:37 AM
KYE Systems Corps is accused of Sweatshop Work Conditions!

US, April 15, 2010 - The National Labor Committee has published a detailed report (http://www.nlcnet.org/alerts?id=0011) that alleges a Chinese supplier of Microsoft (http://uk.games.ign.com/objects/025/025169.html) products is overworking its teenage employees.

A factory in Dongguan, China operated by KYE Systems Corp., which supplies Microsoft with computer mice, cameras, and Xbox 360 controllers, allegedly hires "work study students" between the ages of 14 through 17 and forces them to work up to 15 hour days.

http://xbox360media.ign.com/xbox360/image/article/108/1084050/microsoft_1271368415.jpg
The National Labor Committee
Exhausted teenaged workers, toiling and slumping asleep on their assembly line during break time.



"Workers are paid 65 cents an hour, which falls to a take-home wage of 52 cents after deductions for factory food," the report says. "Not only are the hours long, but the work pace is grueling as workers race frantically to complete their mandatory goal of 2,000 Microsoft mice per shift. During the long summer months when factory temperatures routinely reach 86 degrees, workers are drenched in sweat."

Brian Tobey, VP of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices unit, wrote on its official blog (http://blogs.technet.com/microsoft_blog/archive/2010/04/15/working-to-ensure-the-fair-treatment-of-workers-in-our-manufacturing-and-supply-chain.aspx) that the company looking into the committee's claims.

"We have a team of independent auditors en route to the facility to conduct a complete and thorough investigation," said Tobey. "If we find that the factory is not adhering to our standards, we will take appropriate action."

"We should note that as part of Microsoft's ongoing supplier SEA program, an independent auditor has been inspecting the KYE factory annually. In addition, Microsoft personnel conduct quarterly on-site assessments, and receive weekly reports from KYE on key labor and safety criteria that we monitor as part of our supplier SEA program," Tobey added.

"Over the past two years, we have required documentation and verification of worker age, and no incidence of child labor has been detected. Worker overtime has been significantly reduced, and worker compensation is in line with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition standards for the Dongguan area." [Source] (http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/108/1084050p1.html)

domn8rdom
04-16-2010, 08:49 AM
$7.80 a day for 15 hours haha i have worked a 15 hour day before but i made over 200 dollars not $7.80. the only good thing i see is their factory food only costs $1.90 but then again its probably a bowl of rice worth 20 cents

GR4V1G0R3
04-16-2010, 09:07 AM
well i think they are all [sony, microsoft, nintendo] doing the same thing, farming the work to where it's cheapest, and buying parts that are the cheapest (have you ever known a sony laser last over 2 years ?)

wouldn't surprise me if there was a block with all 3 consoles being made accross from that place.

i like how it will be seen as microsofts fault for using that company, not the local government for letting it operate in such conditions. i cant believe they charge for the food, when they pay a pittence, and they've probably got slaves bringing the food too (not litterally, but for $7 a day, they may as well be) nice how only specific countries have to obide by regulations

Mongolian Beef
04-16-2010, 01:38 PM
well i think they are all [sony, microsoft, nintendo] doing the same thing, farming the work to where it's cheapest, and buying parts that are the cheapest (have you ever known a sony laser last over 2 years ?)
PS2 count? had mine since 02 still works great.


i like how it will be seen as microsofts fault for using that company, not the local government for letting it operate in such conditions. i cant believe they charge for the food, when they pay a pittence, and they've probably got slaves bringing the food too (not litterally, but for $7 a day, they may as well be) nice how only specific countries have to obide by regulations
Yes you can blame the local govt. But you can also blame M$ for outsourcing when Americans can use the work, anything to save a buck right?

Thank God I live in America where we have labor laws.

R Rated Love
04-16-2010, 05:57 PM
Yes you can blame the local govt. But you can also blame M$ for outsourcing when Americans can use the work, anything to save a buck right?

You use this argument, but how would you feel if a $50 Xbox 360 controller suddenly cost $100? Even if it had a "Made In America" sticker on it, I'd bet you would not be very happy. They're not just saving money for them, but also for the consumer; We demand cheap goods, so they find ways to deliver them.

Sphinx USMC
04-16-2010, 06:20 PM
You use this argument, but how would you feel if a $50 Xbox 360 controller suddenly cost $100? Even if it had a "Made In America" sticker on it, I'd bet you would not be very happy. They're not just saving money for them, but also for the consumer; We demand cheap goods, so they find ways to deliver them.

This is kind of the point though, Microsoft is greedy (albeit no more than the next co. I'm sure); they don't need to make $45 profit on a $50 controller to stay afloat (hypothetically speaking, i don't know the actual profit margin). I'm sure they could still make a hefty profit if that same controller was made in the US and still sold for $50.

Madfrog0
04-16-2010, 06:36 PM
lol.... not to sure what to think

DigitalFury
04-16-2010, 08:25 PM
This is kind of the point though, Microsoft is greedy (albeit no more than the next co. I'm sure); they don't need to make $45 profit on a $50 controller to stay afloat (hypothetically speaking, i don't know the actual profit margin). I'm sure they could still make a hefty profit if that same controller was made in the US and still sold for $50.

Unfortunately, Microsoft (And the other console makers) actually record a loss every time a system is sold and the rely on peripheral and game sales to make up said loss. This just happens to be one of the ways they make up ground on losing money for every system sold.

I did a quick search on the internet before posting this message to find out exactly how much the loss is: Click HERE (http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/54050/how_much_does_it_cost_to_play_video.html?cat=19)

Infection Ftw
04-16-2010, 08:40 PM
Look at them all sleeping at their work. Where is the boss?:p

Serious though how can they work 15 hours a day AND study + going to school?

CRAZY 7
04-17-2010, 12:49 AM
thats crazy

guillermo316
04-17-2010, 01:07 AM
they could be accused, but were just going to forget and let then do it, happens with everything in life. i feel bad for then. =(