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Amazon accused of poor working conditions at supplier factory

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A 94-page report detailing poor working conditions at a Chinese Amazon facility has emerged barely two months after Amazon was accused of overly strict rules on breaks at its UK fulfilment centre.

Workers putting together Echo speakers and Kindles among other Amazon products are subjected to work over 100 hours of overtime every month in exchange for low pay at the firm's facility in Hengyang, China, according to New York-based labour watchdog China Labor Watch on Sunday.

In one instance, workers worked 14 consecutive days during peak season.

The facility is owned by Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, which also makes Apple's iPhones.

The report detailed findings from a nine-month investigation that ended in April, which found workers putting in more overtime hours than permitted by Chinese labour law (which limits overtime to 36 hours every month) in order to make ends meet.

Still, wages are deducted as penalty for taking leave or "unexcused absences," and workers are subjected to verbal abuse.

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