In China Labor watch (CLW) notified Walmart

In Asia, a manufacturing company called Cuori, which is located in Zhejiang, China, produces various, and different products of their own, including other international products from different brands. It is also known that there are around 3000 workers, and that they manufacture kitchen utensils. Cuori sells brands such as: Hamilton Beach, ALASKA, Cusinart, Tefal, E’noca, Russell Hobbs and George Foreman.

These brands are eventually sold at Walmart and Home depot.During November 22, the China Labor watch (CLW) notified Walmart and Home Depot of the labor rights violation (LVR) at Cuori. Currently, there is an investigation going on in Walmart to check up on any illegal actions that could be happening. It was stated that Home Depot was told to pay their workers full wages in their factories, however an update from the (CLW) mentioned that there are still hundreds of workers who have not received their full wages. Li Qiang – Executive Director of China Labor Watch – said, “The cost of Walmart and Home Depot’s low prices is exploiting laborers working under extremely stressful and exhausting conditions.

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The enforcement of Walmart and Home Depot’s ethical sourcing standards at Cuori is a total failure.”Article 17. (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property(Students working at Cuori told the CLW that the working conditions in the factory was terrible, and labor agencies took student’s IDs more than a week in order to stop students from escaping the factory. The factory threatened students to the fact that if they left half way during their work, their wages would be deducted by 500 RMB.

This forced students to work in horrific and inhuman conditions. A clear representation for the International Labor Organization’s definition of forced labor.) Summary of Cuori’s Violations:1.  Illegal deductions.

Labor agencies used a variety of methods to make students pay hundreds of yuan in deposits.2.  Illegally detaining student’s IDs.3.  Signing blank contracts. Labor agencies stated there was a lack of time, and subsequently forced students to sign blank contracts.

4.  Failed to buy social insurance as stipulated by law. Force students to sign a statement to give up the purchase of social insurance.5.  Fire safety loopholes.

Students discovered that the boxes that were supposed to contain fire extinguishers were used to hold employees’ cups.Article 24. Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.—————————————–6.  Excessive overtime.

Workers and students worked at least 12 hours a day, and sometimes put in up to 15 hours.7.  Forced overtime.

Workers who refused to work overtime would be recorded as being absent from work.8.  Continuous work.

According to China’s labor law, employees should have at least one day off each week. However, in Cuori, workers and students could only rest for one or two days each month.9.  As stipulated by China’s labor law, overtime work should be paid according to a certain rate (1.5 times to 3 times the base wage), but in Cuori, overtime was paid the same rate as regular work.Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

———————————10.  Lack of occupational safety protection. The workshop was very hot and dusty, but workers did not receive any protection.

Many workers had contact with volatile chemicals such as silicone oil and alcohol, but they did not have any protection either.11. Inspection fraud.

Cuori required employees to use alcohol to clean its products when there was an audit or inspection. However, usually, silicone oil was used, which was cheaper but more harmful to workers.12. Did not provide job and occupational safety training to workers.13. Did not provide paystubs to students.

14.Verbal abuse. Grassroots management personnel regularly cursed at students.15. Constrained resignation.

Management personnel would procrastinate to prevent students from resigning.Article 25. (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

———————————16.  Terrible living conditions. The dormitories were dirty, and a student said that her bed was on the verge of collapsing.17. Terrible working conditions. The workshop was very hot, and there were no air conditioners.

A worker died of heart disease that was triggered by heat stroke.18.  Wage arrears. In addition to the illegal deductions of students, senior employees also stated that Cuori would hold their wages for one month. 19.

Lack of protection for juvenile workers.

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