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Making Toys without Joy

SACOM's latest report says that the hardship of the toy factory workers is a consequence of squeezing the unit prices in the global supply chain.

URGENT ACTION: Mattel needs to act!

It is time for Mattel to assume responsibility.
The family of the deceased Mattel worker Nianzhen Hu are still waiting for a fair compensation and Mattel must change its purchasing practices to safeguard the workers' physic and mental conditions.

Urgent Appeal: Suicide at Mattel supplier

Due to work related stress and repeated humiliation, a 45 year old female worker jumped out of a window on the sixth floor at Tai Qiang Factory, a Mattel supplier in China.

Petition hand-over to ICTI

ICTI receives almost 13.000 signatures demanding better conditions for workers in toy factories

ICTI needs to act!

The International Council of Toy Industries ICTI has been approached by a coalition of NGOs campaigning for fair working conditions in toy production, including the partners of "Stop Toying Around!".

New report on two Chinese toy factories:

The recent report called "Exploitations of Toy Factory Workers at the Bottom of the Global Supply Chain" reveals that violations of human and workers rights remain even in certified toy factories in China.

Working in Chinese Toy Factories

For most of the Chinese toy factory workers, their employment means the following:

 ·        7 working days a week, 100 working hours a week

 ·       No work contracts

 ·       Diseases & accidents due to inadequate health and safety measures

 ·       Famine wages

 ·       Wages held back to hinder workers from quitting)

 ·       Revolting canteen food

 ·       Bunk beds in dormitories for 12 or more

 ·       No hot water and dirty toilets

 ·       Illegal and arbitrary fines for production errors, talking or  falling asleep

 ·       No social security like health or pension schemes

 ·       No independent trade unions

 ·       Death through exhaustion (Guolaosi)

In contrast to the above, Chinese labour law is progressive and demands the following:

  • Written contracts

  • Enrolment in and financial contribution to social security for every worker

  • Paid maternity leave for 4 months

  • Working weeks of 5 days with a max. of 44 working hours

  • Maximum 36 hours of overtime per month

  • Overtime premiums of 50% on weekdays, 100% on weekends, 200% on holidays

  • Collective wage negotiations between employers and elected workers’ representatives

  • Health and safety measures for employees in hazardous working positions

  • Health checks before, during, and after taking up a post