The Straits Times
Published on Sep 05, 2012

Samsung violates Chinese workers' rights: Report


NEW YORK (AFP) - Samsung forces employees at its Chinese factories to work up to five times the legal overtime limit, bans them from sitting down and denies basic labour rights, according to a United States (US)-based watchdog.

According to China Labour Watch's probe of eight factories, the South Korean electronics giant is guilty of widespread "legal and inhumane violations". These include forcing workers at the Tianjin Samsung Mobile Display factory to put in as many as 189 hours of overtime in a month, when the legal limit is 36 hours, according to a report released in New York.

Employees at the factories, making consumer products including cell phones, televisions, and refrigerators, regularly stand for 11 to 12 hours while working at a frantic pace, the 122-page report said.

For example, employees at the Suzhou Samsung Electronics Company facility have to assemble a nearly 1m long panel and install two screws every nine seconds, while workers at Tianjin Intops, a supply factory, have to assemble a cell phone case every five seconds.