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Amazon criticized for 'secretly oppressing' workers at its Echo and Kindle factory

By Business Insider

Amazon has been criticised over conditions at a Chinese factory that produces Kindles, Echo Dots, and tablets. A China Labour Watch detailed illegal numbers of temporary workers, as well as staff bRead full story


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  • This is a recurring problem for companies taking production overseas, especially those that employ third party support. Safe and fair employment practices do not stop at the shoreline.

  • There’s hyperbole in this headline, and oversimplification — its an outsourced operation, and Amazon was aware of and seeking to address problems — but it underscores how global service brands need to hold themselves & their operations to higher standards. Nike learned this the hard way years ago, and continues to battle market and social forces that make ideal conditions difficult. Amazon and others need to apply the same discipline, resources and commitment in this area as they do to software & customer service.

  • Yuni Wakamatu
    Yuni Wakamatu

    I simply wonder if the happiness of the employees are enough or not based on "local livability".

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