Jul 16 AT 1:33 PM Dima Aryeh 4 Comments

Samsung stops sourcing from Chinese factory caught using child labor

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Samsung had recently done an investigation on 100 of its own suppliers in an attempt to find serious problems. And find problems it did, though most related to a lack of safety equipment and too much overtime work. Thankfully, Samsung is helping these suppliers improve instead of just dumping them.

During the course of the report, no sign of child labor was found. But unfortunately, an activist organization has found child labor being used in Dongyang Shinyang Electronics. Three underage girls were found to be working 12-hour shifts. On top of that, some employees had been working 120 hours of overtime per month, and a lack of safety was observed as well.

Samsung has stopped all business with the factory for the time being and has launched an investigation into the matter. If proof of child labor is found, obviously Samsung will permanently cut ties with the factory. There’s also a police investigation going on to make sure the claims are legitimate. We’re glad Samsung hasn’t tried to cover these kinds of problems up.

Via: Engadget

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Tommy

    120 hours of overtime in a month.
    That’s 30 hours per week.
    That’s a 70 hour work week.
    72 hour work weeks are not uncommon here in the oil field.
    6 12s and a day off. What’s the big deal.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      China’s overtime laws are actually quite lax it seems. American laws aren’t nearly as generous in terms of overtime. But in the end, it is against the law there to be doing that much overtime.

    • Dee

      They were children!

      • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

        The overtime refers to the workers in general, not specifically the children. That’s another issue entirely.