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Bloomberg reports that “a watchdog group is calling on Amazon to improve conditions for factory workers in China who make Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers.

The report, by China Labor Watch, “paints a picture of low pay and intense working conditions,” including a requirement that workers put in “more than 100 hours of monthly overtime in violation of Chinese labor law that limits overtime to 36 hours a month,” that “employees did not receive adequate safety training
Workers are required to arrive at work stations 10 minutes before their shift, and that “staff dormitories lack adequate fire-safety precautions such as fire extinguishers.”

The story notes that the criticisms argue that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos “became the world’s wealthiest man on the backs of low-paid laborers.”
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