A Hong-Kong based labor rights group has released a report claiming a Chinese company that manufactures Disney toys forces its employees to work in unsafe and unsanitary conditions and is in violation of numerous Chinese labor laws. The group, Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour, staged a protest outside Hong Kong Disneyland Resort on September 12th to coincide with the resort's second anniversary.

HONG KONG (AFP) — Workers at a Chinese factory making Disney toys are overworked, underpaid, exposed to dangerous toxins and forced to live in filthy conditions, a labour rights group said in a report Wednesday.

The study, released on the second anniversary of the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland, said factory workers complained they were forced to work 28 days a month and up to 15 hours a day.

Staff at Haowei Toys in southern China also are not allowed to take time off during peak seasons, according to the report released by the Hong Kong-based Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM).

"The conditions at Haowei reflect the failure of the Disney system to monitor and respond effectively to violations of the Disney code of conduct and the workers' rights the code professes to defend," the report said.

About a dozen activists staged a protest outside the theme park, waving a banner that read "No Disney Sweatshop Toys" and urging the US entertainment giant to improve working conditions.
Walt Disney said it takes "claims of unfair labour practices very seriously, and (will) investigate any such allegations thoroughly".
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