Dirty Toys Made in China - Disney, Hasbro and Mattel Must Act
December, 10 2015 Share
Today the Institute is releasing a new report, Dirty Toys Made in China.
Some 1,800 Chinese workers in the Dongguang Zhenyang Wanju factory in Guangdong produce toys for Disney, Mattel, Hasbro and other international brands, under harsh conditions, stripped of their rights, their voice and basic justice.
Zhenyang’s workers have no choice but to toil 12 to 13-plus hour shifts, day and night, including grueling, mandatory overtime. Working conditions at Zhenyang are often dangerous. Living conditions in the company’s dorms are crowded, dirty, and freezing in winter. The workers sleep on plywood bunk beds.
For 30 years, Chinese workers producing for export to the U.S., Europe, UK and Australia have had no rights. Every effort at independent organizing has been crushed.
Can’t we do better?
Children love their toys. But isn’t it also up to parents to ask where and under what conditions these toys are made? Should international powerhouses like Disney, Hasbro and Mattel be accountable to assure that workers making their toys have their fundamental rights?
READ: New Institute report—Dirty Toys Made in China
WRITE: Write your favorite toy companies, including Disney, Mattel and Hasbro, demanding that Zhenyang workers finally be afforded their legal worker rights.
PLEASE GIVE: Your support to the Institute will help brave worker-researchers in China who are taking serious risks to document working conditions, including smuggling photos and worker testimonies out of the Zhenyang factory.
URGENT: According to contacts on the ground, there has been an upsurge in the number of labor activists being picked up, jailed and disappeared. Factory workers are frightened. Disney, Hasbro, Mattel and other brands must intervene to improve working conditions and assure the human rights of workers at Zhenyang Wanju and other factories.