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True cost of the Christmas toys we buy from China's factories

December 5, 2011

Revealed: true cost of the Christmas toys we buy from China's factories
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/04/chinese-toy-factories-christ...

Excerpt:

"Big brands such as Disney, Lego and Marks & Spencer pay only a fraction of the shop price of products to the factories that make their toys. Last summer – as factories geared up to cope with demand for the Christmas period – investigators spent three weeks in the industrial cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan. In some cases, they found that employees:

■ worked up to 140 hours overtime a month;

■ were paid up to a month late;

■ claimed they were expected to work with dangerous tools and machines without training or safety measures;

■ had to work in silence and were fined up to £5 for going to the toilet without permission.

5.00 GBP = 7.80671 USD
http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert/?Amount=5&From=GBP&To=USD

Perhaps the most insidious effect of the long hours and poor wages was how it tore families apart, separating mothers and fathers from their children for all but a few days a year."--by Gethin Chamberlain,
The Observer, Saturday 3 December 2011

SANTA'S WORKSHOP - Inside China's SLAVE labor toy factories
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6733564947664645042

Merry Christmas!

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