Disneyland: children dream, adult nightmare

About a dozen people protested Tuesday at the entrance of Hong Kong Disneyland, handing out flyers about alleged labor abuses by Disney contractors in China.

The demonstrators also held up a banner that read, "exploiting Chinese workers, community caring just talk."

The protest was organized by a watchdog group that recently issued a report alleging that Disney contractors in China pay workers below minimum wage, demand excessive overtime and cheat labor monitors by faking pay slips, the AP reports.

The factories have denied abuse. In response to the report, Disney has appointed an auditor to look into the claims, but Tuesday's protesters want the company to also make public its list of contractors so that activists can investigate for themselves.

One of the demonstrators, Argo Yeung, said protesters wanted to raise awareness of the labor conditions at contractors for multinational companies.

"The price of the products made by multinational brands isn't low. It's a big difference compared to what the workers get paid. There hasn't been discussion of the issue in Hong Kong," Yeung told The Associated Press by phone.

Hong Kongers generally welcome Hong Kong Disneyland, a joint venture between the local government and The Walt Disney Co. The government, which agreed to shoulder most of the US$3.5 billion (Ђ2.87 billion) construction cost, says the park will boost employment and tourism.

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