Worker's hand with missing fingers

One victim of managerial neglect

Last month the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights (formerly NLRC) published a report, ‘Dirty Parts: Where Lost Fingers Come Cheap’, about Ford’s supply chain in China.

The report focuses on the Yuwei Plastics and Hardware Product Company in Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta, who supply plastic components used by Ford in auto manufacture in Michigan and elsewhere.

The Institute found that workers in this factory work 14 hours a day, 6 days a week for 80 cents an hour.

Furthermore there have been a string of worker injuries for which the workers have been paid similarly little compensation.

Workers receive little or no training.

They do not receive time off if they are injured – in fact they have to compensate their employer for the lost work hours! – and injured workers remain ever after at risk of being fired due to their diminished productivity.

One worker told the researchers:

Life is dull. Basically I get up at 7:30 a.m. in the morning, quickly get ready and go to the factory around 7:45 to eat breakfast and begin working at 8:00 a.m. I operated a punch press machine…I repeated the exact same operation again and again. After the morning shift, I took a nap after lunch. My job was making auto parts. On weekdays, I rarely went out in the evenings. Usually I went to get some cheap midnight snack after work, and went back to the dorm, took a shower, washed my clothes and went to bed, because by that time it was already midnight. Occasionally when it was not busy in the factory, I might go to a nearby bar on weekends to relax with friends. We went to small ones which workers could afford.

That’s a person who made your steering column speaking.

You can tell Ford to get serious about the issue by signing the associated petition for a proper enquiry into conditions at Yuwei.

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