Child labour at Samsung supplier
Samsung Electronics said it has found "evidence of suspected child labour" at a factory of its Chinese supplier Dongguan Shinyang Electronics.
Campaign group China Labour Watch issued a statement on July 10th saying, "During the busy season and in urgent need of labor, Shinyang hires child labor and underage student workers. These minors will usually only work for a period of three to six months, toiling for 11 hours every day without overtime pay, and the factory does not purchase social insurance for them as required by law. These young workers usually leave when the factory as it enters the off-season, and the factory does not need to provide any sort of severance pay."
The BBC reports that the firm is now conducting an investigation and has "temporarily" suspended business with the supplier.
"If the investigations conclude that the supplier indeed hired children illegally, Samsung will permanently halt business with the supplier in accordance with its zero tolerance policy on child labour," the company said in a statement.
"Furthermore, Samsung will strengthen its hiring process not only at its production facilities but also at its suppliers to prevent such case from reoccurring."
Samsung said it had conducted three audits on the Dongguan Shinyang Electronics since 2013, with the latest one ending on 25 June this year.
But it added that "no cases of child labour were found during these audits".
CLW’s investigation of Shinyang revealed at least 15 sets of labor violations in addition to child labor. These included unpaid overtime wages, excessive overtime, and a lack of social insurance, the investigation exposed a lack of pre-job safety training and protective equipment despite the use of harmful chemicals; discriminatory hiring; overuse of temp workers; workers made to sign blank labor contracts; illegal resignation requirements; potential audit fraud; broad company regulations that establishes the pretext to punish workers for almost any behavior; a lack of any union; and poor living conditions.
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