“‘Serious legal violations and labor abuses’ have been found at Samsung factories, according to a U.S.-based labor group,” Charlie Osborne reports for CNET.
“The organization, China Labor Watch, released a report today detailing its investigations into eight factories in China, six of which were directly operated by Samsung [bold emphasis added. – MDN Ed. (Thanks, mossman)], two of which made products for the electronics company but were run by suppliers,” Osborne reports. “Among the abuses found by China Labor Watch (CLW) at the factories were staff being ‘forced’ to work 100 hours of overtime a month, unpaid hours and unsafe conditions.”
Osborne reports, “The report says that workers at the eight factories also have to endure ‘standing for 11 to 12 hours while working, underage workers, severe age and gender discrimination, abuse of student and labor dispatch workers, a lack of worker safety, and verbal and physical abuse.’ ‘This sort of illegal and inhumane treatment is rampant among Samsung’s factories and supply chain. We demand that Samsung immediately begin the process of rectifying these abuses. With profits of over $12 billion in 2011, we are confident that Samsung has the wherewithal to systematically improve labor conditions for its network of factories and supplier factories in China,’ the organization said in its report.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Unfortunately, the one thing Samsung should be copying from Apple – diligent dedication to improving worker conditions at supplier factories – they aren’t copying. Guess Samsung only copies Apple when they think it will generate cash.
Extensive information regarding Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct can be found here.
MacDailyNews Take: We await the Change.org petitions, traveling monologues by morbidly obese liars, other assorted bullshit/faux outrage with bated breath.
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