Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Samsung accused of using child labor

Activist group China Labor Watch has accused Samsung of labor infractions such as employing workers as young as 14 at its supplier’s factory in China.
Samsung released a statement on Tuesday revealing plans to inspect the factory in question.

“Samsung Electronics has conducted two separate on-site inspections on HEG’s working conditions this year but found no irregularities on those occasions,” the company said. “Given the report, we will conduct another field survey at the earliest possible time to ensure our previous inspections have been based on full information and to take appropriate measures to correct any problems that may surface. Samsung Electronics is a company held to the highest standards of working conditions and we try to maintain that at our facilities and the facilities of partner companies around the world.”

The activist group found that not only was child labor being used but the factory’s management would physically abuse workers and it failed to treat or compensate those with work related injuries. Employees were also forced to work excessive overtime, sometimes as much as 11 hours a day with only one meal break, in extremely dangerous conditions. As well, those who reported product defects were fined severely, as opposed to being rewarded.

shocking, I bet they`d rather be working for Foxconn

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