It’s nothing new for big brand companies to be accused of poor labor conditions for its workers, and recently Samsung has been hit by an audit that claims the South Korean firm is employing underage workers, forcing overtime, and applying strenuous on-site work conditions.

It’s nothing new for big brand companies to be accused of poor labor conditions for its workers, and recently Samsung has been hit by an audit that claims the South Korean firm is employing underage workers, forcing overtime, and applying strenuous on-site work conditions.

China Labor Watch (CLW) did a run through of HEG Electronics, among other factories that produce Samsung products, and found that the employees had to work long hours while standing, in some cases forced overtime without pay, and even child labor.

Samsung posted a statement on their website saying that they do not condone child labor, and that HEG apparently does not hire underage workers.  However, Samsung admits that there are “some management problems and hidden work safety troubles in the company (HEG).”

The US-based CLW also claims that some HEG employees worked almost or more than 100 overtime hours per month, which was in direct violation of China’s 40 regular hours plus 9 hours of overtime per week law.

“I do not know how the US organization calculated the excessive working hours, but as far as I know, we did not make workers take such excessive overtime work,” said Fu Yongkai, deputy general manager for HEG. “We will adjust working conditions according to Chinese laws and Samsung's own labor standards as to what Samsung has required us to do so.”

HEG workers earn 1,150 yuan ($180) per month, and according to Fu, that’s higher than the region’s standard minimum wage that amounts to just 950 yuan per month.

James Chung, spokesperson for Samsung, says that employee working conditions will be re-evaluated.

“We frequently review our manufacturing facilities regarding overtime work. We will re-evaluate working hour practices,” he said.  “When new production lines are completed or new products are launched, high demand has led to overtime work.”

Samsung has vowed that it will take any necessary actions to avoid illegal labor activities within their contracting factories.

Source: China Daily