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Ford Investigates Abuse Claims At Chinese Supplier

Injuries common, injured workers fired.

by on Mar.04, 2011

Workers get 80 cents an hour and are fired if injured at Yuwei plant supplying Ford.

Ford Motor Co. plans to investigate complaints that the employees of a supplier in China are working under very hazardous conditions.

“We take these allegations seriously and are investigating the situation. Ford has a strong commitment to human rights and workplace safety, and we expect our suppliers to comply with local laws and our Code of Basic Working Conditions,” Ford said in a statement.

“We require all of our suppliers to ensure that our products – no matter where they are made – are manufactured under conditions that demonstrate respect for the people who make them,” added Ford spokesman Todd Nissen.

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Worker abuses have proven common in many Chinese companies as the nation’s economic boom continues heating up, but situation has generally been considered less severe in the automotive sector — at least until now.