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Samsung to review 250 Chinese suppliers for labour violations

Published on Sep 4, 2012 8:04 AM
 
Samsung Electronics said on Monday it would inspect 250 Chinese companies which make products for the South Korean firm to ensure no labor laws are broken after a United States (US)-based group accused one of its suppliers of using child labour. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Samsung Electronics said on Monday it would inspect 250 Chinese companies which make products for the South Korean firm to ensure no labor laws are broken after a United States (US)-based group accused one of its suppliers of using child labour.

Samsung also said its audit into working conditions at an HEG Electronics facility in Huizhou in southern China found no under-aged workers. New York-based China Labour Watch said last month seven children younger than 16 were working in the factory that makes phones and DVD players for Samsung.

But Samsung said the audit identified several instances of inadequate management and potentially unsafe practices such as overtime beyond local regulations, improper safety measures and a system of fines for tardiness or absences.

"Samsung has demanded that HEG immediately improve its working conditions... If HEG fails to meet Samsung's zero tolerance policy on child labor, the contract will be immediately severed," Samsung said in a statement.

 
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