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Sharper ImageRazor Scooters, Made in China
May through September
The base wage at Yuan Da is 20
cents an hour, or $8.00 a
(This is one of the faster assembly workers.)
20 cents an hour
overtime, production incentives, bonuses for perfect attendance and
37 cents an hour
September Payroll of an assembly worker at Yuan Da III
China are paid on a monthy basis.
worked 29 days in September,
getting every other Sunday off. We
worked 6 ˝ days a week.
wage was 20 cents an hour, or
$7.80 for a 40-hour workweek.
(280 rmb per month x 12
months = 3,360 per year; 3,360
52 weeks = 64.62 rmb per week; U.S.
$1 = 8.28 rmb; 64.62 rmb )
8.28 = $7.80 per week; $7.80
) 40 hours = 19 ˝
44 hours of overtime each week, earning an overtime rate of just 18
cents an hour. For 44 hours
of overtime, he earned $7.97.
was fast and received two production incentives for exceeding daily
production goals totalling 393 rmb plus 75 rmb for the month, or $14.13 per week. He
also earned $1.51 a week for
perfect attendance and punctuality.
84-hour workweek he earned $31.40,
or 37 an hour.
just 14 cents for each $89 Razor Scooter they make
the Yuan Da #III Factory, 26 workers on an assembly line had to produce
700 Razor scooters a day. That
was the daily production goal set by the company.
If the workers could not complete the quota in 8 hours, they
would have to stay another two hours--without overtime pay--to meet
their production goal.
if we take the high end wage of 37 cents an hour, and assume they had to
work a 10-hour shift to complete their quota, then each worker earned
$3.70 a day. For all 26
assembly line workers, their total daily payroll amounts to $96.20.
Yet they produce 700 razor scooters, which retail--on sale--at
Sharper Image in the U.S. for $89, meaning they produce $62,300 worth of
scooters a day.
means that the workers wages come to just 2/10ths of one percent of the
$89 retail price, or 14 cents.
heat, like a sauna.
their feet all day--for 10-12-14-hour shifts.
one minute late is punished with the loss of four hours’wages.
days a week, with every other Sunday off.
Punishment for taking a day off is the loss of 3 or 4 days’
caught riding the scooters are fined 1 ˝ to 2 ˝ days’ wages.
work will result in the loss of up to one week’s wages.
are not provided their legally required work contract.
are afraid to leave the factory-dorm compound.
Although the company charges the migrant workers for their
temporary residency permit, they never give the permits to the workers,
who are then virtually trapped. If
they are stopped and questioned by the police while outside of the
factory compound, they can be fined 2 to 3 weeks’ wages and deported,
because they do not have their residency permits with them.
workers are the ultimate contingency workforce.
When the market demand from the U.S. winds down in October,
thousands of workers are laid off, while others are forced into
month-long furloughs without pay. During
the low season, wages can drop as low as 14 cents an hour.
There is no
right to organize an independent union.
full report with all original documentation will be published in
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