Finland -New report on working conditions for Chinese workers -July 1, 2012

The watchdog Finnwatch published an analysis based on the data put together by their colleagues from Swedwatch. The data concern working conditions at four Chinese suppliers for Finnish companies in Guangdong. The new data illustrate how working conditions have changed in recent years as Swedwatch made a similar study in 2005. The analysis summarises significant positive changes as almost all Chinese workers have now a written employment agreement, they are paid the mandatory minimum wage or more, in most cases overtime work is compensated properly and the total working hours of most workers has decreased (although working hours still exceed the maximum norms set down by Chinese legislation). However, many serious and systematic deficiencies in working conditions prevail.

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