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Samsung suppliers guilty of “inadequate practises”

Samsung suppliers guilty of “inadequate practises”

November 26, 2012

Internal audit reveals excessive overtime hours, workers fined for late arrival and held copies of labour contracts.

Bloomberg has reported on the findings of a Samsung internal audit investigating a number of Chinese supplies, discovering a number of “inadequate practises” including illegal overtime,  workers fined for late arrival or absences and holding copies of labour contracts.

105 suppliers were checked in the audit, conducted throughout September 2012, although Samsung has stated that it found no instances of child labour despite the findings of a New York-based labour group stating in August that an assembler contracted by the OEM hired children.

A statement issued by the OEM noted: “Samsung takes concerns about working conditions in China seriously. Whenever an issue is identified, we take immediate and appropriate steps to correct it,” adding that Samsung is developing actions to address each violation including new hiring policies, work hours and overtime practices.

Regarding the recent charge of child labour as discovered by China Labor Watch in August 2012, Samsung has dismissed such findings, commenting: “Although we did not identify any child labour during our audits in September, we have demanded all suppliers to adopt a new hiring process immediately, and contracts with suppliers who use child labour will be terminated.”

China Labor Watch also noted overtime violations including forced overtime work amounting to more than 100 hours a month, unpaid work and 11 to 12 hours of standing.

The report from China Labor Watch stated: “The treatment of Samsung’s Chinese factory workers is far from model […] the list of illegal and inhumane violations is long.”

Categories : Around the Industry

Tags : China OEM Samsung

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