Samsung supplier using child labour
China Labor Watch (CLW) has uncovered evidence of child workers at a Samsung and Lenovo supplier factory called HEG Electronics in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China.
As part of an investigation of HEG that took place in July and August this year, CLW obtained a list of more than 10 children (under 16) employed by HEG making Samsung parts, the youngest of whom was 14.
The research also found student workers employed under exploitative conditions at the factory.
Researchers say that over 100 student workers were working at HEG without overtime wages or a night shift subsidy. A 19-year old female college student told CLW Executive Director Li Qiang that while working on the Samsung production line at HEG, she worked four hours of overtime a day in addition to the normal eight hour workday, but she was paid 8.5 RMB ($1.38) per hour for all work even though Chinese law requires overtime pay at 1.5 or 2 times normal wages. She also said that the factory did not want students to leave until September 10, and when many students resigned on August 23, they did not receive their due wages.
Two years ago CLW uncovered legal violations at HEG that included child labour, a lack of safety training, excessive overtime, and unpaid overtime wages. In response, Samsung promised to correct child labour and other violations throughout its supply chain.
CLW’s most recent investigation also revealed discriminatory hiring practices, more than100 hours of monthly overtime, difficulty obtaining leave or resignation, a lack of safety training, legally insufficient purchase of social insurance, and making workers labour on their feet for long 12 to 13 hour shifts.
The allegations come just a month after previous reports of child labour at Samsung supplier factories.
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