Samsung supplier employs child workers, forces excessive hours under harsh conditions in China, group says

“A Chinese company that assembles devices for Samsung Electronics Co. hired children at its production facilities and forced employees to work excessive hours, violating labor laws, China Labor Watch said in a report,” Mark Lee reports for Bloomberg.

“Seven children younger than 16 were working in the factory of HEG Electronics (Huizhou) Co. that makes phones and DVD players for Samsung, according to the report issued today,” Lee reports. “Child workers faced the ‘same harsh conditions’ as adults and were paid only 70 percent of the wages of other workers, according to the New York-based group, which said it conducted investigations in June and July.”

Lee reports, “China Labor Watch previously published reports on… Foxconn Technology Group, the assembler of Apple Inc. iPhones and iPads… The latest report said working conditions at HEG are ‘well below’ those at Apple suppliers… ‘The company has clearly violated Chinese labor laws,’ China Labor Watch said about HEG Electronics. ‘A serious light needs to be shined on these issues.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Quick, fire up the forklift and get Mike Daisey on the case!

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Foxconn workers talk about jobs, working conditions assembling iPhones and iPads – May 5, 2012
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Apple supplier Foxconn cuts working hours; workers worry, question why – March 30, 2012
Fair Labor Association releases Foxconn report; looks to correct overtime, safety issues – March 29, 2012 petition calls for to retract petition against Apple; says based on Mike Daisey’s lies – March 21, 2012
Foxconn won’t take legal action against ‘This American Life’ after retraction of Mike Daisey lies – March 19, 2012
Foxconn glad Mike Daisey’s lies exposed; says media hasn’t gone far enough in reporting truth – March 19, 2012
Apple and the Daisey affair: Why did the company keep its silence, when it knew a year ago what we know now? – March 18, 2012
Apple firestorm leads Mike Daisey to change his ‘agony and ecstasy of Steve Jobs’ show – March 17, 2012
‘This American Life’ retracts story, says it can’t vouch for the truth of Mike Daisey’s monologue about Apple in China – March 16, 2012
Foxconn: The fire that wasn’t – March 15, 2012
Apple supplier Foxconn again lifts pay for China workers; 16-25 percent increase – February 17, 2012
FLA President: Foxconn factories ‘first-class; way, way above average’ – February 15, 2012
‘Slacktivism’ groups claim credit for Apple supplier audits over a month after Apple originally announced its plans – February 14, 2012
Thousands line up for iPhone assembly jobs at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou, China plant – January 30, 2012
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls New York Times supplier report ‘patently false and offensive’ – January 27, 2012
Apple audit led by COO Tim Cook prompted improvements at Foxconn – February 14, 2011
Media blows it: Foxconn employees face significantly lower suicide risk – May 28, 2010


  1. Reading mass media, I thought Apple is the only company that outsources assembly and manufacturing to a third party partners in China.

    Obviously, this news is a fake. This China facility must be actually making products for Apple, as all of China plants.

    (And, by the way, it was Apple who came up with that slavery thing from the past — if you did not know.)

  2. Just checked, nothing in NYT about this. But two articles about Apple – one about YouTube removal from OS6 and one about security breach on Apple accounts. They are beginning more and more to look like FOX – balanced reporting (with a biased spin).

    1. “Apple is not the only electronics company doing business within a troubling supply system. Bleak working conditions have been documented at factories manufacturing products for Dell, Hewlett-Packard, I.B.M., Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, Toshiba and others.”

      In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
      Published: January 25, 2012
      The New York Times

      “The story so far: Last month, The New York Times published a front-page article highlighting working conditions at a factory in China owned by Foxconn Technology, where Apple’s products are built. The problems included fatal accidents and employees injured while using a toxic chemical that can cause nerve damage. (Although Apple is the poster child for Foxconn, just about all of our electronics are made in the same Chinese factories, as the Times article noted. Foxconn also builds products for Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Asus, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Intel, I.B.M., Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Netgear, Nintendo, Nokia and Vizio. The Xbox, the PlayStation and the Amazon Kindle are made here.) The article set off a firestorm of protest, petitions and demonstrations.”

      What Cameras Inside Foxconn Found
      February 23, 2012
      By David Pogue
      The New York Times

      “Apple is the poster child for the conditions at the Foxconn factory, and no wonder: it’s the most profitable electronics company. It makes a big, spectacular target. There’s an important factor, however, that seems to be largely missing from the conversation, though it was noted in the article: Apple isn’t the only company that builds electronics at Chinese factories. The truth is, almost all of them do.

      Foxconn’s other clients are a Who’s Who of popular electronics. They build cellphones, TVs, computers, e-book readers, routers, circuit boards, game consoles and on and on. Its customers include Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Asus, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Intel, I.B.M., Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Netgear, Nintendo, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and Vizio.”

      The Dilemma of Cheap Electronics
      February 9, 2012
      By David Pogue
      The New York Times

      I think you need to issue a retraction. The Times handled it truthfully and honestly- despite the outcry of fanbois who have never held the NYT in their hand once, yet attacked a paper they do not read.

      1. Of the three articles you quoted only one is a real article, the last two by David Pogue are part of the NYT Blogs.

        Now what’s the title of the real article?
        “In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad”

        The title targets explicitly Apple’s top selling device. Where does it say that other manufacturers are also involved? You have to comb through the article to find that out.

        So no they didn’t handle it truthfully and honestly. Try again…

  3. Come on, it’s not like Samdung gives a shit. And the people who buy their products or report on their products don’t give a shit either.

    Really, what would you expect from and a company run by thieves. Unfortunately you don’t have to have morals to be successful.

  4. You know it really irks me that so many here (including MDN) have to stoop to insulting Mike Daisey based on his weight/physical appearance. It’s just wrong! There but for the grace of God go all of us. I won’t get into a debate here about weight gain etc. but to pick on someone’s physical appearance is hurtful (not just to the target of the vitriol) and totally unnecessary. 

    By all means – call the guy for lying and being dis-ingenious. Call the guy for perpetrating untruths.  Call the guy a crook. Call him an arsehole. All of that and more – but please, grow the fuck up and lay off the personal insults. The only serve to lessen your arguments. 

    If you’re not overweight then great – good for you. But for those who are (and they are for a number of reasons) it’s just pathetic and childish to demean them for that. 

    With the likes of Mike Daisey there’s plenty to say about his performance and his disingenuous behavior – enough to make a clear and succinct point without stooping to demeaning his physical appearance. 

    End of rant. 

    1. Daisey’s morbid obesity has nothing to do with “the grace of God.” He’s a fat pig–a creation of his own making. Had he donated the excess food he chose to consume, he could have saved many Chinese children from starvation! He disgusts me.

  5. But that fruit company from California has already been selected as a scapegoat!
    It even has the most passionate enviers.
    This must be some mistake in PR…

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