The Straits Times
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Published on Nov 26, 2012
 

Samsung finds "inadequate" practices in China plants

 
 

SEOUL (AFP) - Samsung Electronics said on Monday that a probe of its suppliers in China had found no evidence of alleged child labour, but did uncover some "inadequate" employment practices that needed to be remedied.

The South Korean technology giant inspected 105 Chinese partners in September following a report by China Labor Watch that at least one supplier was employing children under the age of 16.

The US-based watchdog said staff at some plants were forced to work up to five times the legal overtime limit and denied basic labour rights.

Samsung said its investigators had reviewed employment records at all 105 suppliers and conducted face-to-face ID checks, but "did not identify any instance of child labour".