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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Participates in Child Slavery, Worker Treated "Like Prisoners"

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Participates in Child Slavery, Worker Treated "Like Prisoners"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Apr 2010 00:29:28 +0100
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Microsoft investigates as sweatshop spotlight shines on supplier

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| The report says that the workers have 
| virtually no rights, every single labor law 
| in China is violated, and codes of conduct 
| like those of Microsoft and HP have zero 
| impact. Over the past three years, 
| photographs showing exhausted teenaged 
| workers have been smuggled out of the KYE 
| factory, along with worker interviews and 
| accounts. Smuggling was necessary because 
| factory management prohibits anyone, 
| including clients like Microsoft, from 
| taking pictures inside the factory or in the 
| workers' primitive and dirty dorm rooms.
| KYE recruits hundreds of "work study 
| students" as young as 16 or 17 years old (in 
| 2007 and 2008, dozens of them were reported 
| to be just 14 or 15). Management likes the 
| high school students since they are easy to 
| discipline and control. For the same reason, 
| KYE prefers to hire women 18 to 25 years of 
| age, who are often sexually harassed by 
| security guards, according to NLC. 


Labor group: Chinese teens 'like prisoners' in Microsoft tech factory



Congress slams China and Microsoft, praises Google

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| Two days after Google stopped censoring
| search results in China, a congressional
| panel praised the company's actions while
| excoriating the Beijing government for its
| record on Internet censorship and human
| rights.
| [...]
| "They [Microsoft] need to get on the right
| side of human rights rather than enabling
| tyranny, which they're doing right now,"
| Smith said.


Congress Rebukes Microsoft's Chinese Censorship, Microsoft Fires Back


Congress On China: Google Gets A Big Wet Kiss. Microsoft Is âEnabling Tyrannyâ


Congressman: In China, Microsoft is 'enabling tyranny'


Lawmaker Blasts Microsoft

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| Microsoft came under attack Wednesday from
| a House lawmaker for not following Google's
| lead in resisting China's demand for
| foreign firms to abide by the country's
| censorship rules and Internet restrictions.
| During a hearing focused on Internet
| control in China before the Congressional-
| Executive Commission on China, Rep. Chris
| Smith, R-NJ, singled out Microsoft, which
| has said it will continue to operate in
| China and follow Chinese laws. Microsoft
| "needs to get with the program" and "join
| the side of human rights...rather than
| enabling tyranny," Smith said.


Microsoft's Suport of Chinese Censorship: Smart Business, Poor Morals

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