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  • israelmichel Oct 7, 2012 5:28 PM Flag

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    Samsung 8 factories found using child labor against the rulls yet nobody cover this in the media

    The China Labor Watch report revealed that their investigators worked in the factory during the months of June and July 2012, and had identified seven children working—all of them are under the age of 16—in the department in which the investigators were working. This suggests that child labor is a common practice in the factory. The precise number of child laborers throughout the factory is unknown because our investigators had limited contact with workers in other departments. But the company has clearly violated Chinese labor laws.
    Before the customers place orders with the factory, they often require social responsibility audits of the company. According to its website, Intertek was the auditor of Samsung— one of the major clients of HEG Electronics (Huizhou) Co., Ltd. Intertek is an international auditing firm; it claims to be a reliable auditing company. However, China Labor Watch's previous investigation showed that reports created by Intertek weren't trustworthy. Their investigation showed that some of Intertek's auditors have accepted bribery from factories in exchange for letting the firm pass audits despite not meeting requirements. One of Intertek's previous audit result was annulled by the clients.
    A second and more recent report by China Labor Watch was issued in early September which further investigates eight Samsung plants where they have a majority stake in ranging from 60-100%. So there's no way of Samsung getting around these issues by declaring their ignorance of these conditions of "abuse of underage workers," and many other violations. The second report which is a whopping 122 pages is oddly titled "An Investigation of Eight Samsung Factories in China: Is Samsung Infringing upon Apple's Patent to Bully Workers?

    Working Conditions
    The following is just a single part of one segment of the reported noted above dealing with Samsung's plant working conditions:
    "The entire production building prohibits its workers from wearing shoes. All the workers have to wear socks or shoe covers when entering the building. Previously, the restroom was equipped with slippers, but the investigator only once found a pair of slippers in the restroom during working hours, meaning workers have to go to the restroom with bare feet or socks.
    The Packaging department requires workers to use ethyl alcohol to wipe cell phone covers but doesn't provide the necessary protective gear such as mask or gloves to the workers. The windows in the workshop are all closed, causing poor ventilation.
    The workers have to ask for permission from the team leaders when they want to drink water or use the washroom during work. The lack of slippers when using the restroom really bothers the workers.


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