VTech responds to 'hellish' factory claims

Firm says working environment is "safe"; considers taking legal action.
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VTech has rejected claims that staff in its Chinese factories are ‘driven to suicide’ due to poor working conditions.

The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights described the conditions as “cruel, inhuman and illegal”, with ‘many young workers leaping to their deaths’, reports The Sun.

The story also suggested workers sleep in overcrowded dorms and the 70p-an-hour pay is not enough to live on.

“The group categorically rejects these [certain] allegations and is now considering taking appropriate legal action,” VTech said in a statement.

“VTech is a responsible and caring employer wherever it has operations, and this includes mainland China. The group and its subsidiaries abide strictly by the legal requirements relating to employment in all jurisdictions where it operates, including mainland China. 

“Emphasis is placed on people-oriented management to ensure harmonious staff relations, especially in the group’s manufacturing facilities. VTech takes care to ensure that the work environment is safe and that employees are adequately housed and cared for. 

“VTech is widely acknowledged for its excellent human resources management and has a long track record of good labour relations in mainland China, where it is a pioneer among Hong Kong companies in establishing operations, and where it currently employs approximately 33,000 people.”

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